The wonderful singer-songwriter Josephine Foster breathes new life into this old world: her many albums are celebrations of myth making, with ancient and modern images, themes, incidents and characters coursing through the songs’ beautiful realised narratives.
Josephine Foster’s new record No More Lamps In the Morning is a new folk route, a stripped down starsailor vector connecting heller to highwater. Foster, on nylon string guitar, and husband Victor Herrero, accompanying on Portuguese guitar, together weave intimate readings of songs spanning Foster’s songwriting career including selections from recent albums This Coming Gladness (2008) and I’m a Dreamer (2013) and back to Born Heller (2004).
Josephine’s new route is a free, chromatic music, a tuneful montana of mind – an expansive harmonic space dominated by Rif mountain on the horizon. As highwater as the music is, as broad the stylistic palette of the musicians, the music really exists in service of the lyrics. Two of the songs on No More Lamps are poems by Rudyard Kipling and James Joyce given musical settings by herself. The rest are musical settings of her own poems strengthened in a fiery crucible of guitars (and on 2 tracks Gyða Valtýsdóttir’s cello) in which dissonant notes bend and quaver as wirefork embers, dying without affecting the glowing tonal fire which unites contrary forces in a Moroccan speakeasy.
Josephine and Herrero have performed, for an audience of burros, concerts of Federico Garcia Lorca poems set to music. A music of wandering and a music of roots. An impermanent tradition passed down for generations. Let your loved ones know.
Josephine is not only a captivating songwriter and performer (a former opera singer), but also is daring, versatile and irreverent in her approach to subject and form. She has covered Emily Dickerson (Graphic As A Star) and sung German art songs (A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing), and recently adapted Lorca and Spanish folk/poems (Anda Jaleo & Perlas), as well as releasing an album with The Cherry Blossoms among myriad other projects.
“It’s a pretty much perfect set, a quiet masterclass in songwriting with melodies that find the sweet spot in unexpected places and a self-possessed beauty that only grows with every listen – 5*- Time Out 5*s on I’m A Dreamer
“Her most orthodox album, perhaps, and by some distance her best.” Uncut on I’m A Dreamer
“As she slides across the notes she hits an ethereal sweetness at the top of her range…” The Wire on I’m A Dreamer
“Her gainly vibrato and fireside intimacy place her in the company of illustrious dames of Americana such as Buffy Sainte-Marie and composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. ‘She Sweeps With Many Coloured Brooms’ is pure Another Side Of Bob Dylan, harmonica interludes and all” – Rob Young/Uncut on Graphic As A Star
No shows booked at the moment.