Though Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – this duo are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to create their unique, genre-bending music.
Their songs confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues, such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman; the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act; and the struggles of mental health.
In their new album Face to Face (out November 2019, and their first featuring their full band [with whom they play tonight]) their multi-layered influences come together to create something entirely individual. There’s the radio-friendly catchiness and self-proclaimed respect for Beyoncé; there’s the swagger and surprise of jazz and funk; there’s the precision and technique of classical. The only label to truly hit the high note is ‘contemporary’: Face To Face could only be made now, and only by Twelfth Day.
Genre-blending style that is both edgy and inventive. . . A bold, intriguing set. ★★★★
Unconventional yet completely open
Right up my street
Tom Robinson, 6 Music
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3
A boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship’ ★★★★★
Challenging, virtuosic music that is far more than the sum of its parts’ ★★★★
One of the most rewarding listening experiences to be placed before an audience this year
Folk Radio UK
They’re absolutely being themselves. . .The album is so varied. It takes you by surprise. . .Every track is something different.
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review