If you’re following along with our social channels, some of the track volunteers headed up to ConCarolinas this summer. While we were there, Mikey Mason introduced us to the rocking Valentine Wolfe. Not only are they insanely talented, but they were so excited to add to our workshop offerings this year.

Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfeis the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew.

Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.

Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton’s electric upright bass, the two coalescing over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, and sound design. Their work has attracted the attention of rock audiences, goth enthusiasts, theatre composers, and con attendees all up and down the east coast.

Their most recent release, The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale, behind which they are currently touring, is an dramatic adaptation and reinterpretation of both The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, set in a sinister Poison Garden, based on the Alnwick Botanical Gardens in England, where every single plant can kill.

Their forthcoming release is A Child’s Bestiary, a collection of dark tales about traditional monsters, both imagined and hiding in plain sight. The music has an anticipated release date of late summer/autumn, 2016.