Opera North Projects

Crows' Bones

By Martin Green

Murdered lovers and kisses that kill; this specially curated evening of ghostly songs will send shivers down your spine. Led by Lau accordionist Martin Green, a collection of handpicked folk luminaries including Becky Unthank, nykelharpist Niklas Roswall and singer Inge Thomson draw together traditional folk songs from northern lands about ghosts, ghouls and unquiet spirits.

The evening begins with a chance to hear Roswall play an entrancing set of traditional Scandinavian tunes and midwinter songs.

Martin Green – Accordion
Niklas Roswall – Nykelharp
Inge Thomson – Singer
Becky Unthank – Singer
Ben Everett – Lighting design


Martin Green is member of multi folk award winning band Lau’ and is a techno curious accordion innovator. He has a long and admirable track record that includes working with the likes of Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, and a string of commissioned compositions.

Becky Unthank is one half of sister duo The Unthanks, a folk band known for their eclectic approach in combining traditional English folk with other musical genres. The Unthanks released their third album Here's the Tender Coming in September 2009, and was named Folk Album of the Year for The Guardian and also for MOJO magazine.

Niklas Roswall is a Swedish nykelharpist working in traditional Swedish music and other genres. Niklas also works as an arranger and composer, and has toured Sweden and further afield, both in groups and in solo performances. Niklas has also been teaching part time at the Eric Sahlström Institute for eight years.

Inge Thomson cut her gigging teeth with folk-pop quintet 'Drop The Box' who toured steadily through the 1990s. More recently she toured and recorded with band ‘Harem Scarem’ winning critical acclaim for her song writing and vocal prowess. In late 2009, she released her debut solo album Shipwrecks and Static, an eccentric marriage between melodic instruments and the bleeps and squeaks of electronic tomfoolery.

Your reaction

This was much, much more than a gig. Imagine sinking silkily down into a well of melancholy and you’ll have an approximation of the experience that was Crows’ Bones. As the evening wore on, I found myself drowning happily in the hauntingly beautiful renditions of folk songs, new and old. (CQ Central, Manchester)

Performance history

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
20 Dec 2012

The Sage, Gateshead
21 Dec 2012

Hogmanay, Edinburgh
1 Jan 2013

Royal Northern College of Music
22 Jan 2013

St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
23 Jan 2013

Spitalfields Winter Music Festival, Shoreditch London
12 Dec 2013

The Brewery, Kendal
13 Dec 2013

National Centre for Early Music, York
14 Dec 2013

The Stables, Milton Keynes
16 Dec 2013

St George’s, Bristol
17 Dec 2013

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