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Shovel Dance Collective are a group of nine musicians brought together by a communal passion for the folk music of the British Isles, Ireland and beyond.

They nurture and synthesise this material with sensibilities drawn from drone, free improvisation, contemporary classical and metal; weaving this through with a deep sense of the ways in which traditional music holds queer histories, proto-feminist narratives and the voices of those who, by their labour, create the wealth of the world. 

They are simultaneously traditional and experimental; seeing folk music, not as an archaeological artefact to be unearthed, but as a living communal activity. Inviting and generous to those it speaks to.Their latest critically acclaimed record ‘The Water is the Shovel of the Shore’ has been championed by The Wire, Folk Radio, Tradfolk and was named one of the albums of the year by The Quietus. It is their third public release. They are currently working on their fourth release, as well as many other nebulous projects and ideas across the collective.

Support from Jennifer Reid

Folk music has lost it’s way, and people have lost track of their geographical heritage. The working classes made music as a provocation and this is a tradition Jennifer continues. She is a performer of nineteenth century Lancashire dialect and Victorian broadside ballads.

Jennifer plays the character of Barb in Shane Meadows’ period drama The Gallows Pole. She has recently supported Pulp and John Cooper Clarke, latterly for Chanel’s prestigious Metiers d’Art show.


Jennifer Reid

Dates: Wednesday 10 April, 2024
Venue: Firth Hall
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: Full £16, Concessions, Access tickets & TUoS Staff £13, Students and Under 30s £7.50
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