LIVE MUSIC: Gwenifer Raymond with Support from Alula Down
March 24 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm£5 – £10
***** ‘…a profound talent.’ The Guardian **** ‘an immersive debut’ The Observer
8/10 ‘…stunningly confident, in full possession of its art’ Uncut
‘…raw, virtuosic…’ Mojo
Gwenifer Raymond is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, From her roots in Punk and Grunge she began listening to pre-war blues musicians as well as Appalachian folk players, eventually leading into the guitar players of the American Primitive genre. She has since been playing her own moody and often-times manic original American Primitive styled compositions on guitar and banjo .
Gwenifer began playing guitar at the age of eight shortly after having been first exposed to punk and grunge. After years of playing around the Welsh valleys in various punk outfits she began listening more to pre-war blues musicians as well as Appalachian folk players, eventually leading into the guitar players of the American Primitive genre. She has since been playing her own moody and often-times manic original American Primitive styled compositions on guitar and banjo around the UK and the US.
“Just about anybody with an interest in the new school of American primitive will tell you that Welsh guitarist Gwenifer Raymond is one of its most promising proponents. She started out playing in punk bands before she discovered the blues of Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James, which led her to the world of John Fahey, and the discovery that a solo acoustic guitar could become a band in itself. “I’ve been blown away by Gwenifer Raymond,” says Jeff Conklin. Josh Rosenthal agrees: “She’s just a fascinating person—a great example of somebody taking the raw elements [of the style] and making them more personal.” – BandCamp Daily
“Its intricate folk melody is Welsh and Celtic in style but American Old West in practice. The rhythmic patterns mimic the swift dynamics of a fiddle with a country twang. Western music was originally influenced by traditional folk music from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland; Raymond’s seamless crossover grows from these historically intersecting roots.” – Stereogum
Alula Down is an experiment in folk song and minimalism, with voice and with instruments made of wood & reeds.They part of the thriving Weirdshire community of active “brethren” of musicians and artists in Herefordshire.
It is the duo project of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole, longtime players in Heed the Thunder, Sproatly Smith, Vaginapocalypse and with Nick Duffy (the Lilac Time, Bait, We are Muffy). Their newly released Album Homespun Reviewed HERE by Folk Radio