20:00 @ Triskel Christchurch
tickets: €20


Line Up: June Tabor (Vocals), Iain Ballamy (Tenor & Soprano Saxophones), Huw Warren (Piano)

‘Quercus’ means ‘oak’ in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music, while leaves and branches reach upward to embrace jazz-inspired lyrical improvising.
This brilliant ECM recording trio features the great English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to underscore the emotional essence of a ballad: “As I get older, I understand more the depths of sorrow and joy that made the song”, she has said.

An important figure in British music since the 1960s, June Tabor first attracted attention singing unaccompanied traditional songs in folk clubs. Her distinguished discography has emphasized the primacy of traditional material but she has proven to be a gripping interpreter of songs from many sources.
The recipient of many prizes, she swept the BBC’s Awards in 2012 winning 'Folk Singer of the Year', and album and track of the year prizes for her collaborations with Oysterband .
Tabor is joined in the Quercus project by renowned Welsh jazz pianist and composer Huw Warren, and by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, well-known to ECM record enthusiasts as co-leader of the jazz group Food.
The trio has existed already for seven years, patiently developing its unique idiomatic blend.
Together they deliver profound and moving interpretations of traditional and non-traditional song, approaching the heart of the material by unorthodox routes.

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