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Free Folk in Brexit Britain

Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra - July 2018 - Polish / English Free-Folk

Two of the world’s most prominent avant-folk ensembles join forces for a joint headline tour of the UK.

Exploring the traditions of Polish folk music, Sutari is a trio of singers, instrumentalists and performers, each from different musical and theatrical backgrounds. They use a mixture of traditional instruments (violin, basetla and drum), and also make use of everyday objects, exploring their potential as musical devices (for instance, a hand mixer, grater, bottles and a wrench).

It’s not often that you can say you met someone over a meat cleaver but in the case of Dead Rat Orchestra and Sutari it’s true. Not that anyone who knows the work of the UK’s DRO – or for that matter, Poland’s Sutari – should be surprised.


Kindred spirits not only in their approach to free-folk but in their use of unusual objects - including meat cleavers - in their performances, this tour will see them join forces to explore the cultural impact of Polish and European migration in England.


Performing in locations across England that have been centres of Polish immigration, and engaging with British, Polish and European communities, the tour will utilise Sutari and DRO’s unique approaches to performing traditional musics to lead audiences in a performative and timely discussion about the cultural impacts of the UK leaving the European Union.


They explore deep vocal harmony traditions, searching for the essence and hidden character of traditional songs, whilst exploring themes of femininity in folklore.

The Sutari project is a fusion of diverse music experiences and passions.

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