"Gorgeous trad playing and creative vocal twists... a fascinating and intoxicating blend of the contemporary and traditional"
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
“The most refreshing and interesting treatment of traditional music that I’ve heard in ages”
Winner of the esteemed Christian Raphael Prize 2023, recent guest on Later... with Jools Holland, soon to support The Last Dinner Party, Frankie Archer is making waves.
“Have you ever been there at the start of something new? Something exciting? Something that crackles with possibilities?” Gavin McNamara (Bristol 24/7) witnessed the power of Frankie Archer’s music. She is fresh on the scene and shaking up genres and traditions, sharing the lesser told sides of stories, championing women, challenging perspectives and calling for a fairer future, all to a unique mix of synths, manipulated samples, drum tracks and earthy fiddle and voice.
Frankie Archer’s imaginative and bold mash of electro alt-trad shows her Northumbrian fiddle roots, her deep love of electronic music and her immersion in soulful folk songs from the North East of England and around the world. Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) described her music as “Fascinating and Intoxicating”.
Frankie Archer's debut EP, Never So Red, sees her unashamedly bringing together her love for electronic music and her love for traditional music. Never So Red is packed with all sorts of sounds: mega synth riffs with four on the floor kick, hazily manipulated vocal textures and rhythms, straight up trad fiddle, smooth synth bass, lo-fi elements, bare, acoustic pizzicato and raw, vulnerable vocals.
Never So Red challenges out of date and harmful narratives and stereotypes, in traditional music and in everyday life. Women are not responsible for men’s projected feelings and don’t deserve to be punished for them. Women are powerful and wise, not voiceless victims. Sexual violence happens and should be called out, not swept under the rug. Chasing and pressure is not the way to go about love and sex. Expression of love and sexuality should be free for everyone.
“Extraordinary” - Jools Holland, Later… with Jools Holland
"Fascinating and intoxicating" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Stills the breath in the room” - Gavin McNamara, Bristol 24/7
"Enthralling" - Jon Wilks, Tradfolk
"Breathtaking" - Neil March, Trust the Doc
“Extraordinary” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6music
“The most refreshing and interesting treatment of traditional music that I’ve heard in ages” - Jim Moray
"Not many manage to sound so modern and traditional at once" - Adrian McNally, The Unthanks
"Soothing yet haunting" - Lizzie Lovajoy, NARC