Though mainly known as a singer of traditional song and as a current member of Duo Noir & The Triple Tree, Andrew King’s initial creative work was in the visual arts, exhibiting his Emblematic paintings both nationally and internationally. In 1994 he started making documentary recordings of traditional songs, music, and customs and in 1995 moved to London to further this work and the illustrative compositions that he was doing for a number of the Post-Industrial / Neofolk bands of the time (L’Orchestra Noir, Current 93, Ernte, Sol Invictus, etc), to complement this work he made his first attempts at traditional song the following year.
He has subsequently become an expert in the vernacular culture of the British Isles as well as the wider shores of Pan-European Balladry, having worked for both the English Folk Dance & Song Society and the Sound Archive of the British Library and is consequently one of the very few people in the burgeoning Neo-Folk scene for whom the term “Folk” is more relevant than “Neo” in that he is at home in both unaccompanied and arranged performances.
Originally on World Serpent (The Bitter Harvest, 1998), his breakthrough release was The Amfortas Wound (Athanor, 2003) a cathartic collection of murder ballads and mystical anthems. Subsequent releases have included a mini-album on Old Europa Café, split CD’s with Changes, Sol Invictus and Rose Rovine e Amanti, a collaborative album about Jack The Ripper with the French group Les Sentiers Conflictuels and an overtly experimental album of traditional songs with the Art group Brown Sierra, as well as a number of carefully chosen compilation appearances.
As well as having been a member of Sol Invictus, Andrew has also performed with Wakeford as Duo Noir, and with him recorded the M. R. James influenced album Ghosts under the name The Triple Tree (released by Cold Spring in 2008), he has also collaborated with KnifeLadder, Brown Sierra (the album Thalassocracy), Àrnica, Andrew Liles, Foresta di Ferro, and Artefactum, whilst for his 2006 live performance in Portland (Oregon) he was privileged to have members of Waldteufel as his band.