S e a m u s C a t e r

• seamus at seacater dot com •

I am an English musician / writer / performer / organiser, living and working in the Netherlands.

From a contemporary perspective, much of my music has a relationship to the British folk music revival of the 1950's and 60's and while I do not try to recreate historical or modern folk music, I cannot deny it's influence. My father, Colin Cater, has been a highly active figure in the Essex folk music community for the last 40 years.

In 2012 I released an LP called The Anecdotes which was a two year musical collaboration with the Finnish musician Viljam Nybacka. For The Anecdotes I wrote a series of biographical portraits of artists and athletes, mostly concerned with historical figures from the 19th century.

I studied music and performance at Dartington College of Arts and The University of Salford where I specialised in harmonica and composition. Through jazz and more experimental forms of music, my approach to the harmonica has become a sonic exploration of an instrument with enormous limitations of expression and identity. I mostly retune all instruments, often using just intonation, making music which is concerned with breath and the overtone series. My work with the NYC avant garde banjo player Woody Sullender best illustrates this.

In 2009 I began making performances for narrating voice, song, piano and harmonica, etc. 'for Alexis' 2009, dealt with the story of French Canadian athlete Alexis the Trotter. 'The Folk Music, the Whale and the Sea', loosely connected fiction and history of the 18th century whaling trade, using improvised music structures in a trio with Viljam Nybacka and Fritz Welch. 'The Evidence of Common Labour' (2010) was a performance collaboration with visual artist Edward Janssen. These performances went under the moniker Anecdotal Music, a series I started at DNK Amsterdam. Anecdotal Music performances are open in terms of form, expressing some kind of story or history using text and music.

I program and organise a long running concert series called DNK Amsterdam with Koen Nutters and Martijn Tellinga. More recently I organise a house concert series called Pest House. My record label is called Anecdotal Records.