The 16th and 17th Century Scottish Witch Trials were one of the darkest periods of Scotland’s history. An estimated 2500 people were executed, 80% of which were thought to have been women.
Rachel Newton (The Shee, The Furrow Collective, Spell Songs) and Lauren MacColl (Salt House, Rant) are firmly established as two of the country’s most celebrated folk musicians. In this new project, they pay a humanising tribute to these women while also exploring historical beliefs in the supernatural and modern-day parallels in our society. Each piece of music is based on specially commissioned works by celebrated author Mairi Kidd - tales inspired by and in remembrance of real women who were persecuted and tried as witches, and characters from the folkloric tales and mythology enshrined in our oral culture. Their performance will feature newly composed music with accompanying visuals to highlight this fascinating and important subject.
“It may well be one of the most important albums you’ll hear all year.” Shire Folk
"Beautiful – dare one say spellbinding – and with a restitutive tenderness" The Scotsman
“An extraordinary subject and a fascinating, wonderful-sounding album” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Please note there are some flashing images in the show.
£19.50 (inc £2.50 booking fee)