London launch of 'The Ox and the Ax' with Justin Hopper reading from 'The Old Weird Albion' and Shell Shim Shim Shell (collaboration between Nathaniel Robin Mann & James Holcombe)
DOORS 7.30PM TICKETS £8 ADVANCE / £10 ON THE DOOR
"unpretentious interpretations of beautiful songs, sang with care and love by two people who collect and cherish the history and importance of folk song."
- Glenn Kimpton, Folk Radio on The Ox and the Ax
“Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home in both the longstanding ‘traditional’ music community and among those attracted to the form’s more experimental and lo-fi possibilities….It’s a weird looking-glass effect many folk fans will be familiar with: the straighter you play it, the stranger it gets…Shirley Collins always understood this and so do Cath & Phil Tyler.”
- Frances Morgan, Plan B Magazine
Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.
presented in association with The Old Dentist & Muckle Mouth