Ground-breaking Scottish duo mixing Scottish folk music with chamber music, jazz-funk and electronica.

Why limit yourself to a label? That’s the mantra of Twelfth DayCatriona Price and Esther Swift, two young Scottish virtuosos who offer a musically ground-breaking amalgam of chamber music, Scottish folk music, jazz-funk and electronica.

Though Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – this duo are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to create their unique, genre-bending music. Catriona and Esther challenge each other to challenge the listener. It can be heard in the way that they push their vocals far beyond the boundaries of what may be anticipated. It can be heard in the way the violin and harp surprise each other to drive the track somewhere new. It can be heard in the lyrics that invite to reassess, reimagine, reinterpret.

Their latest album. Face To Face (2019) was nominated in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category in the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music. It picks up where Cracks In The Room (2017) left off, continuing to confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues, such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman; the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act; and the struggles of mental health.

Multi-vocal harmonies, layered strings and recording sessions at Scotland’s famous Castlesound Studios and the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh has resulted in a varied and innovative compendium of songs which will inevitably draw comparisons to Hannah Peel, Stealing Sheep, Haiku Salut, Lisa Knapp, Bjork… well-crafted songs that take their influences from a multitude of places and performers and lodge themselves firmly in the ears and brain.

Musically, Face To Face breaks new ground for both duo and listener. It’s the first record where Twelfth Day are joined by drums and double bass, enjoying the opportunity to further their own skills and give their music a new energy with drummer John Lowrie and bassist Andrew Robb.

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Reviews

“Challenging, virtuosic music that is far more than the sum of its parts”

The Skinny

“They’re absolutely being themselves... The album is so varied. It takes you by surprise... Every track is something different.”

Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review

“A boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship”

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