The Harrison, Kings Cross
Saturday 6th July
Doors 7:30pm, Live Music 8:00pm
Tickets £12 Advance, £15 on the night

Nettles and Hemlock is the new summer show from Bitter Blossoms. Flowers are blooming, crops are growing, romance is smouldering and in the long summer evenings, was it perhaps a creature from the other side you saw dancing across the skyline?

Explore this heady and lore filler time of year with us, the daily and yearly rituals bound by the seasons and traditions. Stories of magic and mischief and maybe some rituals of your own to keep you safe as the nights draw in.

Bitter Blossoms is an exciting new vocal trio based out of The Netherlands. Phoebe Kirrage (UK), Julie Hasfjord (NO) and Viktoria Nikolova (BG) combine their skills and knowledge of traditional and classical music to create a unique performance of songs, stories, and tunes. 

As an international ensemble, Bitter Blossoms draws on folklore and tradition from their own home countries, Norway, Bulgaria, and England, creating a show akin to the ensemble name itself – simple and beautiful, but with an undertone of a darker nature. 

Bitter Blossoms gather and collect stories and songs that have been passed through generations. Some songs and tunes have been carefully uncovered by the Blossoms through ethnographic research and represent the syncretic connections between text and melody. Others have simply been gifted on an 18th birthday by a fellow folk musician. By weaving these elements together with their own musical arrangements and style, Bitter Blossoms seamlessly entangle musical traditions and stories that would have otherwise not met, in a collection of folklore-inspired performances.