The Harrison, King's Cross (details here), 17th December 2017
Live radio session for the Hello Goodbye show on Resonance FM, 16th December 2017
The Strongroom, Shoreditch, 28th September 2017
15 June at the Windmill, Brixton.
The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon, London, 24th March 2017 (for We're Not Kids Anymore)
Paper Dress Vintage, London, 25th January 2017
New River Studios, London, 12th November 2016 (album launch)
Green Note, Camden, London, 4th March 2016
The Hideaway, London, 3rd December 2015
Lime Wharf, London, 17th July 2015 (with Penny Orchids)
The Windmill, Brixton, London, 22nd June 2015 (with Tolerance Manoeuvre)
The Hideaway, Archway, London, 14th May 2015
The Islington, London, 22nd February 2015
The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon, London, 16th December 2014
Club Integral at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, 24th October 2014
Surya, London, 17th October 2014
Resonance FM live session, 15th October 2014
The Windmill, Brixton, 8th June 2014
Resonance FM live radio session, 27th September 2013
The Grosvenor, Stockwell, May 2013
The Grosvenor, October 2012
The Boogaloo, July 2012
Blang! at the 12Bar, December 2011
The Windmill, Brixton, July 2011
Some of the people that have been involved with
Fear of the Forest so far
Percussion and distant trumpets
"The outlaws, the outcasts, the bewildered, the ecstatic - these are among those who have sought out the forest's asylum..."Robert Pogue Harrison - Forests: The Shadow of Civilization
Fear of the Forest is a hammered dulcimer-led ensemble formed in London in 2012 and fronted by Kate Arnold on dulcimer, violin and vocals. The band combines influences from English and French folk, medieval, Renaissance, Middle Eastern and classical music to create a sound that has been described as 'punk baroque'. The songs draw upon folk and fairy tales, mythology, social history, dystopian doom, tensions between technology and humanity, and the strange tales of Kate's half-gypsy grandmother.
"The start of domestication, or taming of nature, is seen in a cultural ordering of the wild ... the female as a cultural category seen as wild or dangerous dates from this period ... The non-domesticated know that only the present can be total ... People are being stretched and beaten on the rack of everyday emptiness, and the spell of civilisation is fading ... the means of reproducing the prevailing Death Ship (e.g. its technology) cannot be used to fashion a liberated world ... The truly humanitarian impulse is that which is committed to relentlessly destroying the malignant dynamic known as civilisation..."
John Zerzan - Future Primitive
At least half of the earth was once covered by trees, particularly Britain and northern and western Europe. It is thought that western Europe has now lost over 99% of its primeval forest in a process that began around 10,000 years ago - relatively recently in human history - with the shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to more settled agricultural communities and the ensuing population expansion that would lead to urbanisation. The disappearance of forested landscape has really accelerated over the last few hundred years, with most of the loss occurring in the past few decades. With the exponential growth of towns and cities in the Middle Ages we became alienated from the forest, and began to think of it as a frightening place full of beasts and monsters. It became the setting for myths, folk legends and fairy tales; associated with outlaws, outcasts and outsiders, witches, strange happenings and madness; a metaphor for the darker regions of the human psyche. Humans may be descended from forest-dwelling ancestors, but as 'civilised' people we like to feel we have left the forest behind as part of a supposedly linear trajectory we call 'progress', which we identify with technological advancement and assume to be inevitable, but which is really an illusion. For Jung, the forest was a symbol of the collective unconscious; the archetypal antithesis of reason, potentially perilous. The forest is the place beyond our control, and it remains deep in our subconscious; it is part of us. It is the place where we have transformative experiences and encounter our real, and other, selves.