New album by Carolyn Hillyer & Nigel Shaw

We began to sense the arrival of this album a few years before its first song reached our door. After many travels in Arctic terrains, north has become scratched onto our bones and wrapped inside our music; over and again we have found ourselves dreaming, composing and writing about timeless ice, reindeer souls and the resonances of taiga and tundra. But the concept of north has always meant so much more than the geographical compass point or a turn within the flow of seasons and we wanted to explore north as a state of being; to ask ‘what is the north we can give you?

We are delighted to announce the release of our new album. We have been on a meandering journey during the last winter and spring, seeking and discovering threads of tender myth and feral dream to anchor into this music. A couple of the songs have surprised us by their strange intensity, others have managed to be a close reflection of what we had in our hearts when we wrote them, our whisky song has made us laugh… So we are dancing on our toes with these new songs in our arms, ready to be released into your ears! We hope you enjoy them.

We will be playing concerts with this new music before midwinter and into next year; dates and tickets now available on our concerts page. Nine Prayers North is available on CD or download.

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