Tue 27 Mar
The Stanley Hall
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, English vocal trio Lady Maisery are pushing the boundaries of traditional vocal harmony to a new level, forged from the voices of three of the UK’s most innovative young performers, Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song.
Lady Maisery have received 5-star reviews from publications as diverse as the Financial Times and Songlines Magazine, been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, appeared on Radio 4‘s Woman’s Hour and rated top of Radio 3‘s Late Junction albums of the summer.
Interpreting traditional and contemporary folk songs, ranging from the intimacy of three voices in harmony, to a full band sound of accordion, fiddle, harp, banjo and Hannah’s award winning clog dancing and foot percussion. Also breaking new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of didlding or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Lady Maisery aim to create striking music, telling stories that need to be heard, often with social, political and feminist resonances.
“some of the most some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene” – The Guardian
“ideas, purpose and urgency…powerful, enthralling work” – Songlines