Orcadian multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Erland Cooper comes to The Queen’s Hall this May - the flagship Scottish date on this tour - for the launch of his second solo album, Sule Skerry. This special event is presented in collaboration with Edinburgh Music Lovers.
Having grown up in Stromness on the Orkney Islands, Cooper explores the natural world of birds, sea and landscape in an immersive evening of music, words and imagery. Cooper plays tracks from his seminal record Solan Goose and performs new material from his new album, Sule Skerry.
Originally part of The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, Cooper has a diverse musical history. His acclaimed solo album Solan Goose (2018) was an Album of the Year at BBC Radio 6Music, the Quietus, musicOMH and more. An ode to escapism, Cooper wrote the album to ease the anxieties of working in a busy city through soothing piano, strings, electronics and wild bird calls, with its tracks each taking their titles from Orcadian dialect words for birds. Sule Skerry, the second album of his Orkney triptych, takes the North Sea as its narrative focus.
Image and video by Alex Kozobolis.
Edinburgh Music Lovers (EML) is a boutique music promoter that curates events featuring eclectic and experimental artists as part of its mission to help make Edinburgh a music city.
Presented by The Queen's Hall and Edinburgh Music Lovers
(Erland Cooper about Sule Skerry)
“It’s a record about the sea, our relationship with the outside world, forces outside of our control but it’s also about creating a nest within that, nurturing and protecting our own sea havens, those sheltered bays, those safe places. Always returning back in some form, as we step in and out daily.”