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‘Support to Tour’ Funding Enables Duo to take Debut Album on the Road

Jul 28, 2022

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

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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)


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* 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 servicesCreative 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”

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