THE Rheingans Sisters, one of whom is part of the Lady Maisery trio, launch their third duo album, Bright Field, at Chapel Arts in Bath on Thursday 19th April.
Known on the folk scene as musicians, composers and folk music scholars, the sisters released their award-winning album Already Home in 2015. As full-hearted and graceful performers, arrangers and on-stage improvisors, theirs is a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music via adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion.
They won the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Original Track prize award for their song Mackerel, as well as being nominated for the Horizon Best New Act.
Anna Rheingans lives and works as a musician and violin teacher in Toulouse and sister Rowan is in high demand on the UK folk scene today. She has beenbusy with four notable releases over the past two years. Fans can hear her on trio Lady Maisery’s third album Cycle, as well as Nancy Kerr’s Instar, Welsh songwriter Gwyneth Glyn’s debut album Tro and on the Songs of Separation project, which won the last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Album.
Bright Field is The Rheingans Sisters first collection of newly composed music. If Already Home told listeners where the fiddle-singing duo was coming from. Anna and Rowan have studied in France, Sweden, Norway and Ireland, and they nurture connections between the folk music of different geographical origins. Bright Field tells us where they are going and what they hope to explore.
They are playing four dates in the south west, starting at Bath on 19th April. You can also hear them at Downend Folk Club on Friday, 20th April, the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Sunday 22nd, and at Exeter Phoenix on Monday 23rd April.