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Spell Songs ensemble release ‘Moth’

Spell Songs is a folk supergroup that celebrates nature’s beauty through song.

spell soongsToday, the ensemble shares a new video for their song “Moth,” which is featured on the recently released ‘Let The Light In’ album (12.10).

Filmed by Simon Whitehead during the recording of ‘Let The Light In’ at Real World Studios in the UK, the “Moth” video showcases the gorgeous artwork of Jackie Morris layered over intimate scenes of moths in their natural habitat, inspiring admiration for creatures that are often overlooked.

“We grew up with Elephant Hawkmoths in our back garden, and I remember the ‘oobits’ (Scots for caterpillar) cocooning themselves in our porch one year before emerging mossy green, raspberry pink and beautiful,” says Spell Songs singer Karine Polwart. “Truth be told, they intrigued and terrified me in equal measure as a wee girl. I harbour to this day a near-panic response to moths and butterflies in confined spaces, but we need to learn to love and value the creatures we fear and disregard, as much as all the rest, and to notice their absence too. So, let’s call this a moth mantra for banishing fear and conjuring delight.”

Spell Songs is a group of renowned musicians hand-picked by best-selling author Robert Macfarlane and award-winning artist Jackie Morris. The music they create is inspired by Macfarlane and Morris’ books ‘The Lost Words’ and ‘The Lost Spells’ which were written as a response to nature words being removed from the english dictionary. Spell Songs released its ‘Let The Light In’ album on December 10th. Since then, the album reached No. 1 on Amazon’s Modern Folk Best Sellers chart, No. 4 on the Folk & Songwriter Best Sellers chart, and earned a 5/5 star review from The Guardian as well as praise from Folk Radio UK, No Depression and others.

Last week, Spell Songs announced its UK Winter Tour which kicks off next Thursday, Jan. 27 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Scotland. For more information, visit thelostwords.org/spell-songs.

Go behind the scenes with Spell Songs in this video from Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2021 as they talk about collaborating on new music and their immersive live performances — youtu.be/VG0dUT7Cgf8.

Jan 27 | Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – A Celtic Connections performance | Glasgow, Scotland
Jan 28 | Perth Concert Hall
Jan 29 | Sage Gateshead | Gateshead NE8 2JR, United Kingdom
Jan 30 | Birmingham Symphony Hall | Birmingham, England
Jan 31 | Feb 01 | Cadogan Hall, London (with Special Guest Robert Macfarlane) | London, England
Jul 17 | Folk by the Oak Festival | Hatfield, England
Jul 30 | Cambridge Folk Festival | Cambridge, England