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Esther Swift


11 February, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Rising star of the Scottish folk scene Esther Swift is embarking on her debut New Zealand Tour.

Heavily influenced by her folk roots, her music also combines jazz, blues and minimalist references. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of folk and classical harp music

Esther has become a prolific songwriter, and a deep love of Scotland, specifically the Scottish Borders (where Esther grew up) and nature continually inspire and influence her music. Her newest EP ‘To’ is no exception. In this beautiful collection of tracks Esther draws deeply on her early musical influences whilst reflecting on the world around her. Her sparkling harp and soaring vocals giving the music an ethereal and haunting quality.

Esther, who guested on The Unthanks latest album ‘Mount the Air’, is also half of folk-duo Twelfth Day alongside Orkney fiddle player Catriona Price. Twelfth Day’s next album, due out in March 2018, is being produced by folk legend Chris Wood.

‘Esther flits about freely and bravely between forms, and wherever this takes her, I hang on her every note because she has a sensual musicality that is rare.’ Adrian McNally of The Unthanks