Preview: Lunatraktors & Foot/Long, The Art House, Southampton

Preview: Lunatraktors & Foot/Long, The Art House, Southampton

by Sally Churchward.

A new year means a whole new season of fantastic performances at The Art House in Above Bar, Southampton.

One of the upcoming gigs that staff and volunteers at the community venue are most excited about is Lunatraktors, coming to the intimate venue on February 8, with support from Foot / Long.

Formed in Margate in 2017, ‘broken folk’ duo Lunatraktors strip folk song down to the bare bones of rhythm and voice. Working on the borders of experimental folk, live art and queer cabaret, they combine the percussive and choreographic talents of Carli Jefferson with the four octave range and haunting overtones of non-binary folk singer Clair Le Couteur.

While the material is traditional, the themes of institutional violence, forced migration and personal hardship that echo through the songs are strikingly contemporary. The overall feel is of defiant, transnational protest laced with dark humour, described by the band as  ‘an urgent political necessity in Brexit Britain’.

Tickets start at just £6.60 low wage/ £8.90 full price in advance, rising to £11.90 on the day, so buy early to save this community venue advertising costs and stress and save your own pennies at the same time.

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Pictures: Emma Falconer