Christina Alden and Alex Patterson have been playing music since they were children and were both raised in musical households in the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside.
The multi-instrumental songwriters have been working together for over seven years, from their little home in the centre of Norwich. Their music is firmly bedded in the folk tradition of storytelling and their writing often reflects on the relationship between humans and the wild; from unlikely friendships between a wolf and bear, migratory movements of Artic foxes and people across land and ocean and the importance of re-wilding and enabling space for nature to renew.
‘Gorgeous harmonies and lush melodies…a beautiful album that transports the listener to wild landscapes and wild lives’ – BBC Countryfile Magazine
They have enjoyed touring extensively in the UK and Europe; including a twenty-three-date concert hall tour with Show of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, headline and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals and performances in Norway, Belgium, France and Ireland.
They have written and self-released four albums, composed music for a BBC Radio 4 documentary series and have had over a million streams on Spotify.
Having been made aware of the funding opportunity from from the Help Musicians* mail out they decided to apply for the funding and submitted our application a few months ago to help with their Autumn tour and were delighted to find out they had been successful.”
Christine told us : We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Support to tour’ funding by Help Musicians to take our debut album ‘Hunter’ on the road this autumn. Not only will this funding help with some of the financial burden of touring but knowing people believe in our music really means a lot to us. We were so overwhelmed with the response to ‘Hunter’ which received stunning reviews and lots of national airplay including; BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Ulster and RTÉ Radio 1 and it even made it into the top 10 in the Amazon Folk charts!
Help Musicians have been a vital life line to many musicians including ourselves and we can’t wait to work with them over these next few month
So, 2022 is set to be an important year for the duo, as they set out on their first major tour following the release of their spring 2021 debut album. ‘Hunter’. The album has received stunning reviews and lots of national airplay including; BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Ulster and RTÉ Radio 1 and it even made it into the top 10 in the Amazon Folk charts!
‘A bright, lively collection of songs that plays so sweetly it evokes the sensation of a
summer folk festival’ – The Guardian
Tour Dates as follows:
Saturday 30th July Cambridge Folk Festival
Wednesday 3rd August Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon
Thursday 4th August Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon
Sunday 7th August Harlequin Fayre, Norfolk
Friday 12th August Broadstairs Folk Week
Sunday 14th August The Geldeston Locks, Suffolk
Friday 18th August FolkEast, Suffolk
Tuesday 6th September Ninebarrow Walking Holiday, Dorset
Tuesday 20th September Ninebarrow Walking Holiday, Dorset
Saturday 24th September Deepdale Festival, Norfolk
Monday 3rd October Costa Del Folk, Portugal
Wednesday 19th October Ely Folk Club, Cambridgeshire
Saturday 29th October The Junction, Cambridge
Sunday 30th October The Stanford Arms, Lowestoft
Wednesday 2nd November Spalding Folk Club, Lincolnshire
Thursday 3rd November Harwich Arts Centre, Essex
Friday 4th November Ashcroft Arts Centre, Hampshire
Monday 7th November Green Note, London
Wednesday 9th November The Fleece Inn Bretforton, Worcestershire
Thursday 10th November Unicorn Theatre Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Friday 11th November Roots Music Club, Doncaster
Saturday 12th November St James Church Hall, Winscombe Somerset
Sunday 13th November Bristol Folk House
Friday 18th November Edibles, Huddersfield
Sunday 20th November Wingfield Barns, Suffolk
Wednesday 23rd November Nether Edge Folk Club, Sheffield
Thursday 24th November Black Swan Folk Club, York
Friday 25th November Masham Town Hall, Yorkshire
Saturday 26th November Elmslie House, Malvern
Wednesday 30th November The Willows Folk Club, Preston
Thursday 1st December The Musician, Leicester
Friday 2nd December Watford Folk Club, London
Thursday 8th December The Octagon Chapel, Norwich (shared concert with Honey and the Bear)
For further information please visit: www.helpmusicians.org.uk
For more information about Christine and Alex visit: christinaaldenandalexpatterson.com
* For 100 years, Help Musicians has been providing help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.
As an independent charity they aim to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, offering a wide spectrum of support which includes: Health & Welfare services, Creative development funding, ground-breaking research, a mental health helpline for the entire music industry and an incredibly popular hearing health scheme which aims to prevent hearing problems that would otherwise bring musicians’ careers to an untimely end. “We’re passionate about creating a world where musicians thrive”