Alter Festival



Shovel Dance Collective are a group of nine musicians brought together by a communal passion for the folk music of the British Isles, Ireland and beyond. They nurture and synthesise this material with sensibilities drawn from drone, free improvisation, contemporary classical and metal; weaving this through with a deep sense of the ways in which traditional music holds queer histories, proto-feminist narratives and the voices of those who, by their labor, create the wealth of the world. They are simultaneously traditional and experimental; seeing folk music, not as an archaeological artifact to be unearthed, but as a living communal activity.

Inviting and generous to those it speaks to.