Hawthonn’s music has elements of folk – both in the patterns that Layla Legard’s pure voice follows, and in the inspirations that the band cite – romantic poetry, the history of magic and witchcraft, folklore and the English landscape. The musical backdrop is far from traditional, with dark droning synthesisers, field recordings, loops and ambient electronic music all present. Hawthonn’s music may be experimental but the effect is of something haunting and dream-like, reaching far back in time.
Hawthonn released Red Goddess (of this men shall know nothing) in March 2018. You can listen to the album, which was acclaimed by The Quietus as their 18th favourite of 2018, here:
A wider view of Layla and Phil Legard’s output, including the just released (Feb 2019) A Leaf Must Fall (performing as Sulis Noctis with Gregg Janmann) can be found here: https://xetb.bandcamp.com/
Sharron Kraus has been heralded as one of the strongest voices in English contemporary folk, and is one of the musicians focussed on in Jeanette Leech’s Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid, Psych and Experimental Folk. She has released seven solo albums, the first of which, Beautiful Twisted, was named by Rolling Stone Magazine in their Critics’ Top Albums of 2002. Sharron has been featured in The Wire, fRoots, Uncut, The Sound Projector and Dirty Linen. She has appeared on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’, Freakzone on Radio 6, and independent radio stations across the US.
Sharron’s latest album, Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow, is a collection of songs written in the midst of world-wide turmoil and personal loss. As a counterweight to the impending darkness, within and around, the songs themselves, while bearing Kraus’ unmistakable stamp, are more upbeat, melodic and life-affirming than her previous work. Listen and find out more here.