Alula Down play traditional and self written songs using sound collage and semi-improvisation.
“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
It is the project of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole (Bushelbag Carollers, rushes/esp, Sproatly Smith, Heed the Thunder). The duo explore folksong stories through found-sounds, field recordings, collage, and textures created by drone, effects and repetition.
Alula Down is part of a ‘rural-core’ community of folk musicians & artists in Herefordshire that go under the name Weirdshire. The community is an important source of collaboration and inspiration, and regularly play host to a wide range of visiting artists. Alula Down have collaborated with a number of these artists, including Sharron Kraus, Jacken Elswyth, Trappist Afterland and Haress.
Kate & Mark also run seasonal folk song choirs in Herefordshire.