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If We Turn Away – Devon duo Suthering release Debut Album

Feb 8, 2022

Suthering (the folk duo formally known as Julu & Heg) have been making waves for years throughout the UK’s folk and acoustic scene with their fresh and feminist interpretations of traditional and self-composed songs.

Following their “strong and hopeful” (PRSD) single release ‘Gather’ in Spring 2020,  the duo, partners in life and music, are now gearing up for the release of their debut album ‘If We Turn Away’ on February the 25th 2022, with a second single from the album, ‘Kingfisher’, having been released on January 28th. They will be touring the album in the UK throughout 2022.

Recorded at Polyphonic Studios and produced by Suthering with Lukas Drinkwater (Emily Barker, Jacob & Drinkwater), If We Turn Away sees the duo expanding their sound with double bass and percussion from Lukas, and violin from Aaron Catlow (Hawes and Aaron Catlow).

From the first dramatic notes of Black Bull of Norroway, written by Julu based around a Scottish fairy-tale, to the final beautiful echoes of Boatman, born from a desire for compassion and companionship, the listener is led on a complex journey, across ten songs – eight original and two traditional, through Suthering’s beloved home of Dartmoor via an emotional portrayal of feminine strength and triumph.

The duo’s distinct, yet richly harmonising voices combine with an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium. Here’s a peek at their second single from the album,  Kingfisher,  written during lockdown 2020, inspired by walks along the canal outside their house. The Kingfisher was a symbol of hope during dark and difficult times. 

The Tour starts with an album preview in Tavistock, full dates are as follows:

11 Feb 2022: If We Turn Away – Album preview  Tavistock Wharf (full band) Tavistock
12 Feb 2022 Bowling Green Exeter
18 Feb 2022 If We Turn Away – Album Launch  Downend Folk Club (full band) Bristol
19 Feb  2022The Sound Lounge Sutton
20 Feb 2022 Gloucester Folk Trail: The Fountain Inn Gloucester
27 Feb 2022 Folk on the Moor Ivybridge
11 Mar 2022  Folk Singing Retreats – Spring Retreats Helston
26 Mar 2022 Crediton Arts Centre (concert & singing workshop) Crediton
01 Apr 2022 The Stables Milton Keynes
08 Apr 2022 The Roots Music Club,  Doncaster
09 Apr 2022 The Gather: Great Artists – Small Venue (plus Exclusive LIVE stream) Ennerdale Bridge.
21 Apr 2022 Rosslyn Court Margate
22 Apr 2022 The Golden Hinde – concert & workshop London
12 May 2022 St Leonard’s Church Yelverton
20 May 2022 St Edith Folk Sevenoaks
09 Jul 2022 Borough Gardens,  Dorchester
14 Jul 2022 The Acorn Penzance
29 Jul 2022 B-Bar Plymouth
11 Sep 2022 Swanage Folk Festival Swanage
07 Oct 2022 B-Bar Plymouth
15 Oct 2022 Poltimore House Exeter
19 Oct 2022 Dunfermline Folk Club Dunfermline
23 Oct 2022  Bobiks Newcastle Upon Tyne
24 Oct 2022 The Musician Leicester
28 Oct 2022 The Golden Lion Todmorden

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