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Dispatches on The Red Dress is an intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, trauma-recovery, bird-song, war and waltzes.
“Big ideas carried off with aplomb…. not only an excellent songwriter but someone with a fine grasp of the delicate balance of joy and pain that makes us human.” Folk Radio UK
Unravelling the urgent message hidden in the folds of a story from her own grandmother’s youth, award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rowan Rheingans sings to the past, the present and the future in this unique and deeply personal one-woman show.
“Carefully crafted words that reveal a deep emotional charge.” Louder Than War
Rowan weaves storytelling and song with fiddles, banjo and guitar, live looping and subtle use of pre-recorded sounds in a poignant reflection on human empathy, hope and small acts of transformation.
Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist, songwriter and composer best known for her work with acclaimed folk bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation. With these projects Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ & ‘Best Album’) and is a five-times nominee.
“Vivid songwriting… spectacularly beautiful” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Rowan’s debut solo show Dispatches on The Red Dress is supported by PRS Foundation, Arts Council England and English Folk Dance and Song Society.