YOU Are Wolf, fronted by award-winning composer, singer and University of York music graduate Kerry Andrew, combine the traditional and the cutting edge at the National Centre for Early Music, York, on Friday night.

Andrew will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell as they explore trad songs and stories through bold arrangements influenced by left-field pop, new classical music and electronica.

The spotlight will fall on their second album, Keld – an old northern English word meaning "the deep, still, smooth part of a river" – which features old and new songs celebrating freshwater folklore, be it waterfall banshees, vengeful rivers, skinny-dipping or Anglo-Saxon charms.

Field-recorded water, tuned wine glasses and Central African-inspired pipes align with British folksong in You Are Wolf's avant-folk world, as can be witnessed tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Andrew, by the way, was commissioned to write No Place Like for BBC Ten Pieces, a showcase for "the amazing range and power of the human voice".

Tickets for this York Festival of Ideas concert are on sale on 01904 658338 or at