Betwixt & Between 3

by Jacken Elswyth / Sproatly Smith

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    An original, handmade (hand-carved linocut and hand-pulled print) image of a Salamander, produced as a companion to Betwixt & Between 3, in black printers ink on high quality recycled brown card (170gsm). Each is individually numbered.

    The image is adapted from the Atalanta Fugiens, a 17th Century book of allegorical illustrations by Michael Maier and Matthias Merian.

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    An original, handmade (hand-carved linocut and hand-pulled print) image of a Salamander, as used for the cover of Betwixt & Between 3, in black printers ink on high quality recycled brown card (170gsm). Each is individually numbered.

    The image is adapted from the Hereford Mappa Mundi.

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about

For the third Betwixt & Between tape, Jacken Elswyth is joined by Sproatly Smith, psych-folk linchpins of the Welsh Borders weirdshire scene.

Continuing the previous tape's mix of traditional tunes alongside more exploratory pieces, for Betwixt & Between 3 Jacken presents two traditional dance tunes alongside two improvisations.

The 'Last Chance' set and 'Glory in the meeting house' are both Appalachian fiddle tunes arranged for solo banjo, with a little drone embellishment on the former. Sweet Lemeny takes the tune of a beautiful English folk song as the basis for a wandering improvisation, set against shruti box drones; and the closing track is a free-tumbling improvisation for solo banjo.

Overside, Sproatly Smith have contributed a sound-collage meditation on life, death, and divinity. The side-long track develops through several movements, taking in owl-calls and ringing bells, sampled gospel songs, Hawaiian slide guitar and wooden flutes.

Sproatly Smith's own Bandcamp is found here: sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com


The Betwixt & Between 3 mascot is a salamander- a solar animal, replenished by fire but constituted by water. The cover image is adapted from the Hereford Mappa Mundi.


"Elswyth plays the banjo in a manner that pushes the boundaries of the instrument itself and the style of playing it is commonly associated with [...] a wholly credible, hypnotic and fascinating piece of work. Time to dig out your old tape player perhaps?" - Folk Radio

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released December 8, 2018

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Betwixt & Between Tapes London, UK

Betwixt & Between Tapes is an occasional series of split cassette tape EPs, pairing Jacken Elswyth's banjo playing with collaborators across the points where folk, drone, improvised, and ambient music meet.

Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational pieces for clawhammer banjo.
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