Lucy Ward (musician)
12 December 1989 |
Derby, Derbyshire, England
|Instruments||vocal, guitar, concertina|
Lucy Ward (born 12 December 1989) is a British singer, guitarist and concertina player from Derby. She performs, with a voice described as expressive and powerful, traditional English folk songs as well as her own material. Her two albums, Adelphi Has to Fly and Single Flame (Navigator Records), have been critically acclaimed.
Adelphi Has to Fly
The songs on the album include: "Stitch in Time" by Mike Waterson; "Maids When You're Young", a traditional song which was popularised by The Dubliners; Child ballad "The Two Sisters"; and "Death (Rock Me to Sleep)", based on a poem said to have been written by Anne Boleyn,set to a tune by Lucy Ward.
"Alice in the Bacon Box", a song written by Ward in the style of a traditional folk song, tells the story of Derbyshire hermit Alice Grace (1867–1927) from Little Eaton who, on being evicted from her cottage, lived in a box previously used for storing bacon, which had been given to her by the local butcher.
The album includes "For the Dead Men", a self-penned protest song, which was released as a single in January 2012 coupled with a remixed version of "Maids When You’re Young". This was again produced by Stu Hanna, who also performs on the two tracks, with his wife Debbie Hanna providing backing vocals.
In a four-starred review for The Guardian, Robin Denselow said that Lucy Ward "proves to be an even more mature and thoughtful singer-songwriter than she was on Adelphi Has to Fly" and described her follow-up album as "impressive and original" and "a brooding, often angry set that deals with everything from politics to love, death and personal tragedy, with a couple of powerful traditional songs added in".
Lucy Ward's music has been used as the soundtrack for award winning director Kim Hopkins' documentary film Folie à Deux – madness made of two. The film soundtrack uses "For the Dead Men", some new original material and some cover songs played by Lucy Ward and Hungarian fiddle player Barnabas Balázs. The film, which shows the human cost of the banking crisis, premiered in November 2012 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was broadcast on BBC Four in its Storyville international documentary series on 11 November 2013.
Lucy Ward has also written songs and music for Robin Hood by the touring theatre company Oddsocks .
She provided vocals on one of the tracks – "Gospel of the Sun" – on David Gibb's 2011 album There Are Birds in My Garden and backing vocals on three of the tracks on Marc Block's album The Hawthorn Spring, released on 15 April 2014.
She was commissioned by BBC Radio 3's The Verb to write a song based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel "North and South". Ward's live performance of her new song "Creatures and Demons" was included in a special programme on Mrs Gaskell, broadcast on 3 October 2014.
Awards and recognition
Lucy Ward was a Young Folk Award finalist in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards where she performed "Stitch in Time" by Mike Waterson. The song was included on the third CD of the album BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009 and a longer recording appeared on her 2011 album Adelphi Has to Fly.
In the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards she won the Horizon award (for best newcomer). Her recording of "Maids When You’re Young", which was subsequently included on the first CD of the album BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012, was nominated as best traditional track.
|Adelphi Has to Fly||13 June 2011||Navigator Records (Navigator 47)|
|Single Flame||19 August 2013||Navigator Records (Navigator 083)|
|"For the Dead Men" (Lucy Ward) /
"Maids When You're Young" (remix) (traditional, arranged Lucy Ward)
|29 January 2012||Navigator Records (Navigator 070)|
"Cotton Mills of Cromford" (traditional) / "The Bone Lace Weaver" (Leonard Wheatcroft, Roy Harris) /
"When God Dips His Pen of Love in My Heart" (Alison Krauss) / "King of Rome" (David Sudbury)
With James Findlay, Bella Hardy and Brian Peters
|The Liberty to Choose: A Selection of Songs from The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs||10 June 2013||Fellside Recordings(FECD257)|
References and footnotes
- Paul Rhodes (8 March 2011). "Review: Idgy Vaughn, House Concert (Near York)". The Press (York). Retrieved 23 October 2011."Ward has an expressive, powerful voice. She also has an outsize personality, like a latter-day Judy Henske, and a well honed ability to work an audience."
- Robin Denselow (16 June 2011). "Lucy Ward: Adelphi Has to Fly – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- Alex Gallacher (21 June 2011). "Lucy Ward – Adelphi Has to Fly". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Allan Wilkinson (1 July 2011). "Album Review: Lucy Ward – Adelphi Has To Fly (Navigator)". Northern Sky Music Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- Robin Denselow (15 August 2013). "Lucy Ward: Single Flame – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- Sources differ whether George or Anne Boleyn wrote "O Death Rock Me Asleep" but the consensus is that Anne wrote it – see Fatal conspiracies: O Death Rock Me Asleep (Me and Mine website about the life and times of Anne Boleyn).
- "Little Eaton". Derbyshire UK: Guide to Derbyshire & the Peak District. 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Old Alice in the Bacon Box – the Little Eaton Hermit". h2g2. 21 April 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Single Flame". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Folie à Deux – Madness made of two (2012)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Folie à Deux – Madness Made of Two". British Films Directory. British Council. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- Simon Holland (5 August 2013). "Lucy Ward – Single Flame". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- Kim Hopkins (18 September 2013). "Grief at Gray’s Court: acclaimed film chronicles York property nightmare". Cinema Preview. York Mix. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- "Lucy Ward's Cupola link is taking root". Derby Telegraph. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Alex Gallacher (4 July 2011). "David Gibb – There Are Birds in my Garden". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Reinhard Zierke (2014). "There Are Birds in My Garden". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Reinhard Zierke (2014). "Marc Block: The Hawthorn Spring". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "Elizabeth Gaskell Special". The Verb. BBC. October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2009". BBC Radio 2 website. December 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- Louise Parmakis (2011). "Adelphi Has to Fly – Lucy Ward: the bright young folk review". Bright Young Folk. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- Reinhard Zierke (15 September 2014). "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- Reinhard Zierke (15 September 2014). "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Wednesday 8 February 2012". BBC Radio 2 website. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
- Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Adelphi Has to Fly". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Cupola:Ward: Four". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Reinhard Zierke. "The Liberty to Choose". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Ally Walsh (20 August 2014). "VIDEO: Derby folk star Lucy Ward launches new album". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2014.