- Written by David Rogers
Rowan Rheingans : Dispatches on the Red Dress
Friday June 21st, Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Doors: 7pm Music: 7:30pm
Tickets: advance £10/£12 / on the door £12/£14
Tickets from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/467897
Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist and songwriter widely regarded as one of the foremost composers and innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ('Best Original Track' & 'Best Album') and is a five-times nominee.
Rowan’s debut solo show, Dispatches on the Red Dress, is a heartfelt yet unflinching musical essay on memory, history, fascism, waltzes, folk-song, bird-song, trauma, family and war.
Weaving storytelling and song with fiddles, banjo and guitar, live looping and subtle use of pre-recorded sounds, Rowan unravels the urgent message hidden in the folds of a story from her own grandmother’s youth in 1940's Germany.
The result is a multi-layered meditation on ancestry and an unnerving elegy on the modern human condition. Rowan explores how hope for the future might be found in the very darkest pockets of history in this troubling reflection and subtle celebration of human empathy and resilience.
“Carefully crafted words that reveal a deep emotional charge.”
Louder Than War
“Vivid songwriting... beautiful”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2