These reflect my love of the traditional songs of these islands, and of the North East of England in particular, and of it’s dance music, which I play on English Concertina.
There is self-composed material on subjects ranging from historical narratives to political satire and from children’s songs to diatribes against ageing.
I also play guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and autoharp, and a pretty nifty set of spoons…
‘Whittingham Fair’, a Northumbrian version of ‘Scarborough Fair’, showed off the clarity of Sandra’s voice, which at its best is strong and true. ‘Hopping in Kent’, a song learned from her mother in the East End of London, was accompanied by the spoons — which sadly moved far too quickly to photograph! Throughout the evening Sandra moved smoothly from guitar to autoharp to concertina, seemingly equally at home on all.
SK says ‘ performing with my ‘sisters’ is one of the great pleasures in my life.
All four of us are well-established solo singers & musicians plus Rosie is a great dancer. Together we have performed with the "wit and wisdom of womankind" for over 25 years. More about Sisters Unlimited here . .
“I just don’t know of any act which so brilliantly combines the musical effectiveness, the human warmth, the cutting edge and the sheer vivacity…”
SK says ‘I am part of ‘The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow which is a collective of singers and songwriters: Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland plus one socialist magician, Ian Saville.
We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet.
We are part of another way of looking at the world.
More about the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow here . . .
Describing themselves as a "collective of singers and songwriters, plus one magician, opposed to the ideologically driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire government", the Roadshow consists of 11 angry musicians from a remarkable variety of age groups.
With Taffy Thomas
"Story teller Taffy Thomas and singer-musician Sandra Kerr combine their considerable talents to present an evening of stories and songs to delight, to cheer and captivate you."
With Voice Union
Formed in 1996, Voice Union with Liliana Bertolo (from the Val d'Aoste region of north west Italy) and Evelyne Girardon (France).
With The Bagpuss Show
With the delightful and musically brilliant addition of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, John Faulkener and I present a live show of the music and songs and some of the stories from the Bagpuss series.
We’ve played theatres all over the country, and many folk festivals, including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Whitby, to great acclaim. More here . . .