Kings of the South Seas returns to Cutty Sark's Michael Edwards Studio Theatre with the launch of their new album, "Franklin".
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Join us for an evening of brand new, exciting music that pays homage to traditional song and hymns, performed inside the hull of the world's last surviving tea clipper.
19.00-19.30 - Cutty Sark Cafe/Bar is open
19.30-20.15 A talk about sailing at the time of Franklin's Fateful Expedition by Peter Wilson, and original poems performed by poet Tim Cumming
20.15-21.30 Kings of the South Seas: Franklin Album
About Kings of the South Seas
“I am loving this!” – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio2 Folk Show
Inspired by epic whaling expeditions of the early 19th Century from Britain to the South Pacific, round the South Sea Islands, the eponymous debut ‘Kings of the South Seas’ iss a mesmerising and brave new album delving into the lives of the ‘whale men’ and their culture, expressed through a contemporary take on traditional song, broadsides and hymns.
These tales of great voyages and brutal experiences on the sea are given visceral new life by musicians; Ben Nicholls (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band) Richard Warren (Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan Soulsavers) and Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio). ‘Kings of the South Seas’ was produced and mixed by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Tracy Chapman).
“dark, driven and turbulent” – The Independent
Together, these stellar musicians merge folk, jazz, music hall and rock, with concertina, electric guitar and drums (punctuated by Nicholls’ baritone) and the result is a recording that was completed after an intense three days during the Summer of 2014 at Cecil Sharp House in North-West London. The material was researched by Ben Nicholls during his Creative Residency there, supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
The band performances are accompanied by a projected film of found footage created by Bafta nominated documentary maker Adam Clitheroe.
Often four years long, these voyages pushed the boundaries of the known World, spreading European culture, both good and bad, and returning with the tallest tales ever heard as they landed to trade, supply and repair their ships, all a by-product of the doomed commercial venture undertaken. The album conveys all this, transfigured with the lore of the whales and the call of the sea.
“a brooding and mysterious triumph” – Louder Than War
“uproariously rousing and darkly disturbing” – The Guardian