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Lunatraktors w/Sophie Crawford


We are pleased to announce that Lunatraktors will be playing at the Gallery Cafe as part of their debut album UK tour.

Dark, trippy overtones and glitchy folk beats to raise your spirits. Margate’s ‘broken folk’ duo Lunatraktors (GB) fuse folk music with body percussion, harmonic singing, tapdance and live looping. The project strips traditional folksong back to beats and vocals, weaving in influences from clowning, cabaret, early punk, trip-hop and broken beat. Inspired by minimalist composers, queer culture, vaudeville and live art, Lunatraktors trawl the archives of Irish, English and Australian popular song for offbeat tales. The stories they unearth of bravery in the face of forced migration, political unrest, abuse of authority, and institutional violence find particular resonance today.

Combining the percussive and choreographic talents of ex-Stomp member Carli Jefferson with the four octave range and haunting overtones of trans folk singer Clair Le Couteur, Lunatraktors use the basic ingredients of body and voice to conjure up expansive, unexpected spaces. Equally at home improvising with hands, feet and voices on a station platform, or electrifying a festival stage with custom drum kit, loops, shruti box and flute, Lunatraktors explore the territory between music and theatre. Their debut album ‘This is Broken Folk’ is due to be released on vinyl in March 2019.

Support on the night will be from the sublime Sophie Crawford. Sophie released her debut album 'Silver Pin' in November 2018 with cellist and composer Oliver Coates. She is recording her second album with the PRAH foundation in 2019. She was a 2016 New Roots finalist and tours regularly around the country.

Earlier Event: April 12
Cut a Rug
Later Event: April 18
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