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Watch: Kings of the South Seas – ‘Lady Franklin’

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

London-based folk trio Kings of the South Seas release a new video from their forthcoming album, Franklin

Following the disappearance of Captain John Franklin’s arctic expedition in the 19th century, his wife Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several missions to discover his fate. The search continued for decades; Inuit stories of cannibalism were dismissed, though have since been suggested as largely accurate.

The loss of the expedition and the subsequent failed searches affected many, and left a wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material in its wake. The second release from Kings of the South Seas, Franklin, brings to life the music collected from these events, and features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads, songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces.  The lead single, ‘Lady Franklin’, is a broadside from the 1850s.

Franklin was recorded in St Andrew’s Mission Church in Gravesend, beneath the stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the lost lives of the arctic voyage.

Accompanying the group on their live tour will be Polar Archaeologist Peter Wilson. Catch them live on these dates:

Oct 4 - Cecil Sharp House, London
Oct 5 -  Loders Village Hall, Bridport
Oct 6- St Andrews, Gravesham Arts, Kent
Oct 21 - Folk Expo – Manchester (without Peter Wilson)

Franklin is due to be released on Hudson Records, February 2 2018.

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