OVER / AT E.P.:FOLKS' SONGS
FOLKS’ SONGS is a new E.P. from the trans music-making world of OVER/AT. It comprises three exclusive, newly commissioned audio pieces by three Scotland-based trans, non-binary, or other gender-minority artists: new songs for/by/with the Folk. It has been curated by composer Rufus Isabel Elliot.
It is unlike any trans music-making which has come before it in Scotland.
This new EP shines a light on the different ways we – trans, non-binary, and other gender-minority people – are using our voices. It features musicians with backgrounds from punk to trad, and in particular it loves the beauty of our untrained and unheard voices, freeforming outside of social expectation. You will hear inventive (non-)traditional music, angry punk howls, and delicious beats.
As well as our E.P. release, we have created a set of learning resources relating to the E.P. These aim to empower trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse folks to explore their voices in non-medicalised settings.
FOLKS' SONGS has been proudly made by a team of 100% trans, non-binary, and other gender minority folks.
The E.P. was launched on 26 March 2021, in a Zoom celebration hosted by music writer Claire Sawers, in partnership with The Wire.
The E.P. has been produced as part of Sound and Music's Composer-Curator programme, in partnership with Supersonic Festival.
Harry Josephine Giles is from Orkney and lives in Leith. Their latest book is The Games (Out-Spoken Press), shortlisted for the 2019 Saltire Prize for Best Collection. They have a PhD in Creative Writing from Stirling, co-direct the performance platform Anatomy, and are touring the poetry-music-video show Drone internationally.
Matthew Arthur Williams (he/they), b. 1989 London, is a visual & sound artist, freelance photographer and DJ. Matthew lives and works in Glasgow. As a DJ Matthew has coordinated multiple nightspaces in the Glasgow night scene and is a regular host on Clydebuilt Radio.
Malin is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and pipe maker from the Scottish highlands. They are currently studying piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and are going on to study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Malin's work often explores perception of purpose and place and seeks to find comfort in the unknown.
Vivien Holmes is an artist based in Manchester. She plays guitar in Ether Mech (ethermech.bandcamp.com), and performs solo as ocean1212w (soundcloud.com/ocean1212_w). She organises Partisan Collective's queer club night Fatty Acid, writes games at genderphage.itch.io, and has fiction upcoming in Fruit Magazine and in Galli Books' upcoming anthology Speculative Masculinities.
RUFUS ISABEL ELLIOT
Rufus is a composer and musician. In the last couple of years, Rufus has worked with the likes of the Nevis Ensemble (with whom it was composer-in-residence 2019), Red Note Ensemble, sound festival scotland, Sound and Music, and Magnetic North. Rufus’ masters studies at the RCS were supported by the RCS Trust and the EMI Sound Foundation.
Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte's head. They grew up in the Peak District and are now settled in Glasgow. They have presented five solo exhibitions and been involved in many group shows and projects, and they hope to do more.
Rylan Gleave is a vocal tutor, composer, and performer based in Glasgow. His approach to art is inclusive, with his writing and performance addressing aspects of marginalised identity. Primarily teaching other trans singers, Rylan aims to facilitate students in reclaiming the voice as a means of personal expression.
Leo Valenti is a queer illustrator and fine artist based in Glasgow. His work focuses on the human psyche and how relationships are formed when our inner perception of self is warped. You can find more of Leo's work over at www.meopeoleo.com
and @_meopeoleo on Instagram.
mixing and mastering engineer
Kay Logan is a Glaswegian artist and Scottish Album of the Year Award shortlisted audio producer. She is concerned with the participatory representation of the imaginal through the organisation of sound, image and language, and currently produces an hour (or more) of original recordings for her patrons every month through an endeavour titled "Outlet Archive".