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A song about vengeful rivers, partly inspired by the saying ‘River Dart, River Dart, every year thou claim’st a heart.’ In legend, the river cried out for a human life and lured a young farm boy by calling his name; indeed, it has claimed several over the years. I wrote a chamber opera, Dart’s Love, in 2014 and librettist Tamsin Collison drew on its tendency to flood.

It’s also inspired by the monsters and spirits, from Jenny Greenteeth to the kappa (‘river child’) and kawatora (‘river-tiger’) demons of Japanese folklore, used by adults to warn their children from going too close to the edge.

I imagine the rivers of the world rising up to take us all, in the end…

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from KELD, released March 23, 2018
Music by Kerry Andrew, Sam Hall and Peter Ashwell, lyrics by Kerry Andrew

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'English avant-folk at its finest' The Observer
'Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk tradition' Uncut

You Are Wolf ( Kerry Andrew with Sam Hall & Peter Ashwell) explores new ways into the English folk tradition, with bold arrangements & folklore-inspired originals influenced by electronica, new classical & pop.

Kerry's debut novel SWANSONG, was published in 2018.
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