15th October 2023 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Ramsgate Music Hall - CT11 8NJ

We’re so pleased to welcome back the beautiful broken folk duo Lunatraktors on Sunday 15th October!

Lunatraktors rework traditional music with influences from post-punk, trip-hop and queer cabaret. Folk music stripped down to its bare bones to raise the spirits, mixing tonal percussion, tap-dance and harmonic singing with whistles, drones and analogue synth…

“Lunatraktors are simply different. Real in-your-face and incredibly inventive contemporary folk music”Bernard Clarke, RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland)

Lunatraktors is a collaboration between artist, choreographer and percussionist Carli Jefferson (she/her), and artist, vocalist and researcher Clair Le Couteur (they/them). The project started in 2017 with the post-apocalyptic question: what’s left when we’ve lost everything? Stripping folk song down to the bare bones, Lunatraktors’ ‘broken folk’ blends Le Couteur’s self-taught overtones and four-octave range with the hybrid of tap dance, flamenco and body percussion that Jefferson developed after touring with STOMP (2001-2004). The pair turned heads when their DIY debut This Is Broken Folk – percussion and vocals recorded live in a viaduct arch by Ramsgate harbour – made MOJO Magazine’s Top Ten Folk Albums of 2019.

Jefferson’s compulsion to dance while drumming prompted Lunatraktors to assemble a tonal percussion kit, providing both rhythm and melody. Added resonances come from Le Couteur’s free-reed instruments, whistles and analogue synth. Reimagining British folk through a shared teenage absorption in jungle, drum’n’bass, triphop, art rock and post-punk, Lunatraktors have built up a passionate fanbase at festivals, galleries, museums, theatres and queer cabarets. A double act in the old fashioned sense, Jefferson’s hyper-expressive performance style meets Le Couteur’s channelled voices of multiple tragicomic characters.

“Awfully beautiful, terribly refreshing, absurdly sad”François Gorin, Télérama (France)

“A sparse, bravely original style”Robin Denselow, Songlines (UK)

“Resistance and opposition is core to the release but it’s not delivered drily – there’s dark humour, irony and character”Nick Barber, Spiral Earth (UK)