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While it’s entirely fitting that there’s a lot of fuss being made about the incredible music emerging from Dublin right now, it would be foolish to ignore some of the equally incredible things happening in folk music nearer to home, perhaps most crucially with the many-headed hydra that is Shovel Dance Collective.

What SDC do is very special indeed, for a couple of reasons: firstly, they draw out the hypnotic, droning aspects of folk and bring everything from minimalism and modern classical to experimental to bear on the material to stunning effect, while still using traditional instruments and voices. Also, they place folk firmly in a Queer, feminist, working class context and revitalise it as a living, breathing act of solidarity, not a museum piece (in a similar fashion perhaps to Stick In The Wheel). If that sounds dry, don’t worry – live they’re a singularly powerful, joyful experience and we should be grateful to Lubber Fiend for bringing them up here on Friday 12th April. Their last album The Water Is The Shovel Of The Shore was one of the most remarkable releases of 2022 and judging by recent live appearances, whatever they do next is going to be fascinating. Joining them for this gig will be local drone-maven Dawn Terry and intriguing and mysterious duo Milkweed.

Shovel Dance Collective play The Lubber Fiend, Newcastle on Friday 12th April.



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