...dealing in dark folk tales and true stories of family murders, shipwrecks, ancient demons and modern horrors
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, Middle Eastern and classical music to create a sound that has been described as 'punk baroque'.
Lyrically the songs draw upon folk and fairy tales, mythology, social history, political affairs, and the strange tales of Kate's half-gypsy grandmother.
Kate has recently worked with Lisa Knapp, Doudou Cissoko and Daemonia Nymphe, and was previously a member of Sergeant Buzfuz, and Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences. She has studied classical music and ethnomusicology and so forth.
Other Foresters are:
Jon Clayton (Chris T-T and the Hoodrats, Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra) on cello, bass and engineering;
Mark Stefanicki (On Bouge, Ocrastra, Medicine Sunday) on hurdy-gurdy;
Elizabeth Nott (Khyam Allami, Magic Tombolinos, Amira Kheir, Maya Youssef, Karama) on dafs, bendirs (large Middle Eastern frame drums) and other percussion;
Chris Cornetto on cajon, more other percussion, and occasional distant trumpets.
'In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wood where the straight way was lost'