We’re overjoyed to be playing host to one of the most arresting artists operating in the UK today. Alison Cotton is a viola player / vocalist based in London. She spent almost the last two decades performing in bands – as well as her solo work, she is one half of the Walthamstow based band The Left Outsides – and collaborating with other musicians. As well as the viola, she uses an array of other instruments (her voice, harmonium, percussion, recorder, omnichord, shruti, piano etc) to create long, haunting folk drones.
2020’s Only Darkness Now LP was released to critical acclaim, and was followed up with a six-track album titled The Portrait You Painted Of Me on Rocket Recordings (and Feeding Tube in the USA). As with Alison’s previous solo albums, the touchstones of her immersive sound are viola, harmonium and voice, merged together to create a rich suite of songs.
Support on the night comes from Meilir and Fend (DJ set).