Dark folk tales and true stories...

...of family murders, shipwrecks, mischievous Persian demons and modern horrors 

Fear of the Forest is London's premier hammered dulcimer-led ensemble. Formed 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 an MMus in Ethnomusicology from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, but this does not stop her breaking the rules of traditional music whenever possible!

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) and Nick Bieber on dafs, bendirs (large Middle Eastern frame drums) and other percussion;

Chris Silvey (the No Frills band) on cajon, more other percussion, and occasional distant trumpets.


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