Taken from “Remembrance Species 2020” compilation.
“Remembrance Species is a collective based in Scotland, marking Remembrance Day for Lost Species on November 30th through imaginative creative community engagement.”
This song is for Angraecum Astroarche, a type of orchid from Sao Tomé and Principe, presumed extinct in 2018. Its existence was
recorded only once in scientific record in 1887 by Henry Nicholas Ridley. This apparently unique sighting inspired me, along with its name – astro means star. When we see stars from Earth, they are often already dead. While we presume this species extinct now, maybe it’s because we didn’t pay enough attention?
Caro Bridges is a songwriter based in Edinburgh, drawing on indie, jazz and folk influences to create original and relatable songs. An able guitarist and singer, she is often accompanied by her band The River, an organic gathering of friends old and new who provide harmonically and rhythmically interesting layers of sound in acoustic or electric format.
Caro Bridges released her debut solo EP Words & Tunes in 2009 with three further band releases ‘100 Years From Now’ and ‘From The River To The Sea’ in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and ‘Be Terrible’ in 2017. The band have performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in and around venues in Edinburgh and across Scotland, supporting touring artists such as Marika Hackman, This Is The Kit, and Frances.