The title track from Twelfth Day’s new mini-LP Shell Story, out 18 May 2015. Shell Story features three new tracks as well as four remixes from their 2014 album The Devil Makes Three.
The title track is based on a short story of the same name by George McKay Brown, from his collection Winter Tales. The story tells of old island wives coming down to the pier every day to feed scraps of food to the sea birds, believing that they are their husbands and friends lost at sea come back to see them. One old lady – Charlotte – goes to the pier every day, but never finds her man Jock. At the end, Jock finally comes to see her and old Charlotte can finally rest happily.
Twelfth Day are fiddle player Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift. They both sing – often in unison, creating a new voice that is neither one nor the other. They both write – together, weaving traditional folk with classical elements to create a music that’s outside of genre. Lyrically they combine their own experiences, inspirations and dreams, informed by musical travels around the globe and their upbringings in Orkney and the Scottish Borders. They are inseparable.
“21st century art music for trad fans.” – fRoots
In live performance Twelfth Day describe themselves as a two-person quartet – using harp, fiddle and both voices to conjure a broad array of sounds, textures, rhythms and polyphony. Exploring and pushing the limits of what a duo can achieve is at the heart of everything they do.
“Lush orchestral colours… Bang up to date.” – The Sunday Times
Their newest album The Devil Makes Three was released in 2014. Its 10 entirely self-composed songs and tunes (save for a snippet of a traditional lullaby) embody everything that Twelfth Day is: undaunted, adventurous, natural, virtuosic, and quite unlike anyone else.
“Surrender to their charms you must… It would be a sin not to.” – Folk Radio UK
Artist website: http://www.twelfthdaymusic.com
Single title: Shell Story
Album title: Shell Story
Release Date: 18/05/2015
Single artist: Twelfth Day
Single duration: 4:58
Record Label: Orange Feather Records
Catalogue No: OFR004
Writers: Catriona Price/Esther Swift
Publishers: Orange Feather Records