Professor Nancy Kerr

Nancy Kerr playing violin

Job title: Principal Lecturer Contextual Studies (Folk) Tutor Voice/Fiddle
Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Folk)
Specialisms:  Unaccompanied singing, Folk Violin, Fiddle singing, Songwriting, Performance, Harmony and Arrangement

English violinist, singer and songwriter Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2:

  • BEST DUO 2003 and again in 2011 with partner James Fagan
  • BEST GROUP 2014 with The Full English
  • BEST ALBUM 2014 with The Full English
  • Nominated BEST TRADITIONAL SONG 2003 for Dance to Your Daddy and BEST ORIGINAL SONG 2011 for Queen of Waters and 2017 for Fragile Water
  • Winner Best Album (Spiral earth 2011) for Twice Reflected Sun.
  • She was the recipient of the 2015 Alistair Hullett Award for Songs of Social Justice.

Nancy’s 2016 album Instar examined the relationship between folk song and the environment and led to collaborations with contemporary nature writers Rob Cowen (Common Ground) and Helen Macdonald (H is for Hawk) as part of her curation at Kings Place, London. She has composed for commissions The Radio Ballads (BBC Radio 2), The Elizabethan Session, Sweet Liberties (Parliament) and Shake The Chains, and performs with Melrose Quartet, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting and as part of Peter Bellamy’s folk opera The Transports. Nancy was taught by famed Northumbrian shepherd-fiddler Will Taylor and has taught and lectured internationally. She is also a qualified Music Therapist.

 “Steeped in the tradition, but casting it anew.” Songlines

Come and celebrate with Leeds Junior Conservatoire at their end of year summer festival on Saturday 9 July! Listen…
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