Alula Down play traditional and self written songs using a minimal approach, sound collage, and semi-improvisation of voice and instruments made of wood & reeds.
It is the project of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole (Sproatly Smith, Heed the Thunder). The duo explore folksong stories through found-sounds and textures created by drone, effects and repetitive interweaving strings.
“Alula Down conjure their vision with fields of minimalist sonic repetition and tell whispered tales of the people who wander by.” Stewart Gardiner, Concrete Islands
Alula Down is part of an active community of folk musicians & artists in Herefordshire that go under the name Weirdshire (or occasionally Ruralcore). The community is an important source of collaboration and inspiration, and regularly play host to a wide range of visiting artists.
Alula Down have supported and collaborated with a number of these artists – both at home and away – including Sharron Kraus, Trappist Afterland and Haress, also Marry Waterson, Toby Hay, Nancy Wallace, David Ian Roberts, Horse Loom, Alasdair Roberts and Jo Lepine.