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Caroline Weeks
Caroline Weeks
Label: Manimal Vinyl Records
Genre: Folk
Online: Artist Website
 

Bio

Having toured the states with Lewis & Clarke and performed across the UK, Caroline has gained cult status as a solo artist since stepping out from Bat for Lashes, for whom she will be opening on several dates of their forthcoming April UK Tour (see below for live dates). Her music has been compared to everyone from Karen Dalton to Sandy Denny.

Having been a full time member of Bat For Lashes for over three years, Caroline previously performed under the name Ginger Lee, but having discovered (via a somewhat shocking Google search) that a young American lady who appears to relish having her photo taken in the nude shared this particular moniker, Caroline has now reverted to using her family name.

Born and bred on the Sussex coast, Caroline comes from a long line of musicians: in the 1920s the fifteen-strong "Weeks brass band" was famed across East Sussex, while, more recently, her Grandfather can be seen playing the church organ in the movie of Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm.

A classically trained flautist and effortlessly self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Caroline currently prefers a three-quarter-sized classical Spanish guitar, which she uses to brew a heady mix of cantering finger picks and delicately decaying sound shapes, where the spaces are just as important as the notes. Add to this her own "secret" tuning (which has been known to flummox even the most competent of guitarists looking to have a quick strum in the Green Room) and you have a truly original sound.

All of this is topped of with a classic English voice. Her songs are both powerful and at the same time fragile; and to hear Caroline sing is to witness traditional folk music colliding with a contemporary stitching of everyone from Nico and Joni Mitchell to Kate Bush and Vashti Bunyan.

Caroline now lives in Brighton where, aside from her solo work and commitments to Bat For Lashes, she also plays accordion in Euchrid Eucrow (a howling death-folk-roots trio featuring British Sea Power's Abi Fry), occasionally ventures out with the theatrical all-girl chamber quartet Pthhh (with fellow BFL player Quinta), sings in a Bulgarian folk choir and is also instigating an experimental vocal group and flute ensemble.