Arthur Coates & Kerran Cotterell are carving out a name for themselves with their unique style, rooted in Quebecois traditional music fused with songs from around the British Isles and North America. Their creative choices and syncopated melodic rhythms are a testament to their talent and great synergy. These multi-instrumentalists and vocalists are making music that is thoughtful, conscious, and driven. They excite, motivate, inspire, comfort, and spread love and joy to all those that hear them.
Arthur Coates is an acclaimed UK award-nominated musician who began playing the violin at the age of 7. He later attended the ‘Aberdeen City Music School, where he studied violin and piano. Arthur eventually found his calling for Quebecois traditional music, which he continues to chase. He released his debut solo album Focus in June 2019, a project that heavily featured original material.
Kerran Cotterell is an energetic and melodic guitar player who leans on his vast and varied musical experience to create timeless works of art that are refreshingly unique but are still deeply grounded in traditional folk music. He has garnered plaudits, having performed on the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.
Together, Arthur & Kerran produce a versatile mix of sound through instrumentals and song featuring various instruments, including fiddle, guitar, bouzouki and foot percussion. They create a sound that is often surprising to the ear, but still remains true to the roots of traditional music.
Arthur and Kerran’s new album, Music for Cows, is set for release in January 2024. While some tracks take a clean, modern sound and carve elegant, crystalline structures that shimmer and dance in the light of contemporary trad, others hop aboard the blues train and take a whistle stop tour of the Quebecois traditional music line. Their songs range from those which are complexly introspective and enigmatic, to those which exude joy and an energy sure to get feet tapping and crowds singing.
Arthur and Kerran have created an album that takes every bit of their musicality and molds it together into an unforgettable, unique monument of their musical partnership. This is your chance to be among the first to hear it played live.
“World class fiddle tunes, sparky guitar arrangements and songs too: Arthur and Kerran’s performances are powerful and dark, fresh and fun” – Alex Monaghan, Folkworld Magazine
“One of the very best live acts I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot!” – Mike Blackburn, KCR FM
“Arthur thrives on performance and collaboration with other musicians, but is also a brilliant multi-instrumentalist in his own right” – Jonny Hardie, Old Blind Dogs