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The Northern Lights Trilogy

by Agent Starling

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One star shines in the northern sky Over frozen tundra, sharp And my breath withers in the air I blink over snow The star is gone The north wind doth blow Inside outside step through the magic door Ticky-tacky cola floor Scan across the dance Look up beyond the canopy Seek out the skyline Back in real time Silver saxophones whine Till glaciers melt and forests oaken The cave of my heart, expectant and open Peering through the eye-sting smoke I look round Peering through the coal black night I see the golden moon arise I know you yearn for calm Long for night But my heart dances with the northern lights © Lou Duffy-Howard


The Northern Lights Trilogy

“I doubt very much that you will hear anything quite like this anywhere else in current music. Truly wondrous.” Neil March Trust the Doc Issue 62

Agent Starling release their winter EP, The Northern Lights Trilogy.. The EP features three brand new festive singles. Agent Starling’s composition Northern Lights is accompanied by the band’s new arrangements of traditional tunes Stockport Polka and The Cordwainer’s Lament.

Agent Starling are known for their catchy hurdy-gurdy tunes, harmonies, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all with an experimental edge. For The Northern Lights Trilogy they add a bountiful sprinkling of bells, twinkles and festive spirit to the mix.

The EP follows Agent Starling’s debut album European Howl, released in spring this year, which was internationally well received and made number one in the EthnoCloud Mediterranean music chart.

"Experimental hurdy-gurdy on duo’s impressive debut. European Howl is a complex, immersive and at times disorienting listening experience." (SONGLINES July 2021)

"In all the years since this podcast started I don’t think we’ve ever knowingly featured a hurdy-gurdy – but there’s a first time for everything thanks to Agent Starling." (Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music)

Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in recently reformed prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, currently heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, hurdy-gurdy specialist Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia.

The Northern Lights Trilogy by Agent Starling
1. Northern Lights
2. Stockport Polka
3. The Cordwainer’s Lament

The Northern Lights Trilogy is self-released on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM031.

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released December 5, 2021

Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Louise Duffy-Howard aka Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments. The Northern Lights Trilogy also features Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the EP was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa. Northern Lights composed by Agent Starling with lyrics by Lou. Stockport Polka and The Cordwainer's Lament trad. arr Agent Starling.


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