Sealionwoman at Union Chapel - Photography Meg Lavender

Sealionwoman at Union Chapel - Photography Meg Lavender

Sealionwoman is the music of Kitty Whitelaw and Tye McGivern. They play dark folk with inspirations from jazz. A Vocal and Double Bass Duo, Kitty and Tye have been writing music for many years and have played numerous live venues in the UK including EARTH Hackney, Union Chapel and Cafe Oto. They have played headline shows and also had the opportunity to support incredible acts such as Meursault, Tanya Tagaq, Bohren and der Club of Gore, Sarathy Kowar, and Collocutor.

In late 2018 they released their first album “Siren” they will be touring the record in 2019 please check their facebook page below for tour updates!

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Sealionwomans debut album Siren was released late 2018 on Antigen Records. Siren was recorded at Soup Studios in London. The sleeve is a beautiful print from a wood engraving by Gertrude Hermes, used with the permission of her estate.

“Sealionwoman’s music flips folk music on its head, taking traditional Scottish music and moving it into a darker, more atmospheric direction… their debut LP Siren is a record quite unlike any you will hear this year. “


“Björk, Billie Holiday and The Anchoress come to mind while listening to Kitty Whitelaw’s exquisite vocals… It’s Mercury Prize bait, this – haunting, monolithic soundscapes…”

-Prog Magazine

“Sealionwoman’s Siren is an extraordinary thing. Strange, seductive, and heartbreaking, its title makes complete sense. Go get shipwrecked”

- Closed Circuits


In 2016 Sealionwoman won Vault Festival’s, VAULT "Festival Spirit" award for their narrative concert “SELKIE” that had been developed over several years of traditional folk music research at Cecil Sharpe house. The show was written, produced and performed by Kitty & Tye with costume design by Naomi Oppenheim.