On Sunday 20 November Halsway Manor is offering a magical evening of harmonies and powerful arrangements with vocal trio Lady Maisery as part of their hotly anticipated new album tour, Cycle.
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song.
Lady Maisery at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2016
Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist; they expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or “diddling”, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.
Over the last five years, the trio have released two critically acclaimed albums (5 stars in the Financial Times, Album of the Week in The Independent) made many appearances on national radio and toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.
Lady Maisery’s members are all highly respected performers in their own right: Hannah James is currently touring her first solo show ‘Jigdoll’ and also plays in folk legend Maddy Prior’s trio ‘3 for Joy’; Rowan Rheingans is half of the critically acclaimed duo The Rheingans Sisters and also plays with BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band; and Hazel Askew is well known as a musician and singer in award winning duo Askew Sisters and the early music group The Artisans. All three are also key members of the English/Scottish supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ whose debut album and stunning premiere at Celtic Connections festival pushed them straight into the indie album charts top 20 in January 2016 – a very rare accolade British folk!
‘spine-tingling harmonies’ The Guardian
‘Ambitious and beautiful’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency” ★★★★★ SONGLINES
Bar opens at 7pm, performance starts at 7.30pm.
For more information visit www.halswaymanor.org.uk or contact Halsway Manor: 01984 618274 ext 1 / email@example.com.
FAUSTUS – “DEATH & OTHER ANIMALS” (Album Release)
PAUL SARTIN, BENJI KIRKPATRICK & SAUL ROSE ……the pioneering, “bloke folk” triumvirate return with their third release, researched and recorded at Halsway Manor.
Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, Faustus, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs.
During 2016 the band have been Artists in Residence at Halsway Manor, where they have had unlimited access to the Manor’s extensive library. Material found therein has shaped this album which includes four songs unique to Halsway’s little-known Ruth Tongue archive. Halsway has been omnipresent throughout the process as the band not only researched material but recorded the album in the Manor.
In addition to traditional music from the English canon, in which Faustus excel, they present a song by UK legend, Bill Caddick, and have set a poem by award-winning Olivia McCannon, to new music. Original melodies sit alongside old words (some from manuscripts lurking in a secret filing cabinet, still never published) and newly composed instrumentals are included on the album as well.
For more information visit www.faustusband.com.
‘’One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian
‘Faustus’ musicianship shines bright with an album that is true to its roots, relevant to today and, above all, ridiculously enjoyable.’ **** FolkRadio.co.uk