We don't normally do tour previews, but for The Lucy Ward Band, we'll make an exception
After five years as, predominately, a solo artist, BBC Folk Singer of the Year nominee, Lucy Ward has now put together a band to bring to the live stage her beautiful and unique sound.
Lucy who has played all the major UK folk festivals and has graced the prestigious Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury will be touring with her group of very talented and experienced musicians.
On keys and harmony vocals is ex Rachel Unthank and The Winterset member Belinda O'Hooley. Belinda is now part of the very successful folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow who have just had their third album 'The Hum' featured on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Heidi is also a key member of the band providing harmonies and playing various instruments. On fiddle is classically trained Joy Gravestock and the rhythm section is Steve MacLachlan (The Willows) on drums/percussion and Sam Pegg on bass.
The band provide a lush and dynamic platform for Lucy's warm and dynamic voice as she performs songs from her two acclaimed albums, some classic traditional songs and the occasional surprising cover.
Lucy Ward is an award winning singer songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.
After winning the Horizon Award (Best Newcomer) at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy's career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury in 2013. Her elevation to the top of the folk ladder was acknowledge with a nomination for the BBC Folk Singer of the Year Award at the Royal Albert Hall in February 2014. Lucy is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for this prestigious award.
Her second album 'Single Flame' was released on Navigator Records on Monday 19th August 2013 to widespread acclaim. Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) called it, "mature and unflinching" and the Guardian, awarding it 4 stars, said the album was "Impressive and original". Brilliant reviews also rolled in from the national music magazines with Spiral Earth suggesting it was; "One of the albums of the year for sure." This was acknowledged at the end of 2013 when 'Single Flame' came second in the MOJO Folk Album of the Year Chart.
Her debut album "Adelphi Has To Fly" (Navigator Records 2011) was also met with widespread critical acclaim. She was named by MOJO as "Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent" and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others.
4 Apr All Hallows Church, Leeds;
9 Apr Cecil Sharp House, London
11 Apr The Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury
12 Apr The Green Room, Welwyn Garden City
14 Apr The Junction, Cambridge
15 Apr The Guildhall, Leicester
16 Apr The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket
18 Apr The Guildhall, Lichfield
19 Apr Folk at the Hall, Trelawnyd
21 Apr Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
25 Apr The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
4 May Bristol Folk Festival
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