Primarily an unaccompanied traditional folk singer, Catherine Earnshaw has guested on Paul Mosley’s epic Folk Opera, The Butcher, and also performs as a guest singer with storywheel, where traditional British folk songs meet the Middle East and North Africa with both surprising and beguiling results. “I think of folk songs like incantations, archetypes that have been sung millions of times in countless forms by thousands of people. I like to think this makes them magic, with the ability to transport you through time, to conjure a moment, person and place. Folk songs belong to everyone, but if you listen very closely, they can tell you in that moment that they only belong to you.”
Keith Clouston aka storywheel studied oud (Arab lute) in Tunisia. He has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Glastonbury Festival and WOMAD, as well as making numerous TV and radio appearances including the BBC’s ‘Later with Jools Hollands’ and Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’. He has also toured internationally including Europe, India, the USA, Mexico and Brazil. Since early 2017 he has been working with Catherine Earnshaw on combining Middle Eastern and North African oud accompaniment approaches with traditional British folk music.
“Middle East music with the English folk tradition and it really really works” – Rick Stuart, Roots And Fusion, Pure FM
“I really like that… it’s got a great feel to it” – Mike Harding, Mike Harding Folk Show
“unusual fusion of the English song tradition and Middle-Eastern rhythms” – Shelley Rainey, Bright Young Folk