Lucy Ward (musician)

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Lucy Ward
Background information
Born (1989-12-12) 12 December 1989 (age 24)
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Genres Folk, singer-songwriter
Instruments vocal, guitar, concertina
Labels Navigator Records

Lucy Ward (born 12 December 1989)[citation needed] is a British singer, guitarist and concertina player from Derby. She performs, with a voice described as expressive and powerful,[1] 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.[2][3][4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Adelphi Has to Fly[edit]

On Adelphi Has to Fly, which is produced by Stu Hanna from Megson, Lucy Ward is accompanied by Sam Pegg, Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow from O'Hooley & Tidow and by Debbie and Stu Hanna.

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,[6]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)[1] 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.[3][7][8]

Single Flame[edit]

On 7 August 2013, in a concert at St Pancras Old Church, London, she launched her second album, Single Flame. Produced by Stu Hanna, it was released by Navigator Records on 19 August 2013.[9]

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".[5]

Other work[edit]

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.[10][11] 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.[12] The film, which shows the human cost of the banking crisis, premiered in November 2012 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam[13] and was broadcast on BBC Four in its Storyville international documentary series on 11 November 2013.[14]

Lucy Ward has also written songs and music for Robin Hood by the touring theatre company Oddsocks [2].

She has performed and recorded with the Cupola trio (Doug Eunson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews)[15] as Cupola:Ward, releasing in 2012 the EP Four.

She provided vocals on one of the tracks – "Gospel of the Sun" – on David Gibb's 2011 album There Are Birds in My Garden[16][17] and backing vocals on three of the tracks on Marc Block's album The Hawthorn Spring, released on 15 April 2014.[18]

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.[19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Lucy Ward was a Young Folk Award finalist in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards[20][21] 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[22] 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,[23] was nominated as best traditional track.[24]


Lucy Ward[edit]

Album Release date Label
Adelphi Has to Fly 13 June 2011 Navigator Records (Navigator 47)[25]
Single Flame 19 August 2013 Navigator Records (Navigator 083)[9]
Single Release date Label
"For the Dead Men" (Lucy Ward) /
"Maids When You're Young" (remix) (traditional, arranged Lucy Ward)
29 January 2012 Navigator Records (Navigator 070)[25]


EP Release date Label
"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)
2012 Coth Records[26]

With James Findlay, Bella Hardy and Brian Peters[edit]

Album Release date Label
The Liberty to Choose: A Selection of Songs from The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs 10 June 2013 Fellside Recordings[27](FECD257)

Personal life[edit]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ Robin Denselow (16 June 2011). "Lucy Ward: Adelphi Has to Fly – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Alex Gallacher (21 June 2011). "Lucy Ward – Adelphi Has to Fly". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Allan Wilkinson (1 July 2011). "Album Review: Lucy Ward – Adelphi Has To Fly (Navigator)". Northern Sky Music Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Robin Denselow (15 August 2013). "Lucy Ward: Single Flame – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ 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).
  7. ^ "Little Eaton". Derbyshire UK: Guide to Derbyshire & the Peak District. 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Old Alice in the Bacon Box – the Little Eaton Hermit". h2g2. 21 April 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Single Flame". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Folie à Deux – Madness made of two (2012)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Folie à Deux – Madness Made of Two". British Films Directory. British Council. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lucy Ward writes and records film soundtrack, theatre score and new album on the way". Navigator Records. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Simon Holland (5 August 2013). "Lucy Ward – Single Flame". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Kim Hopkins (18 September 2013). "Grief at Gray’s Court: acclaimed film chronicles York property nightmare". Cinema Preview. York Mix. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lucy Ward's Cupola link is taking root". Derby Telegraph. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Alex Gallacher (4 July 2011). "David Gibb – There Are Birds in my Garden". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Reinhard Zierke (2014). "There Are Birds in My Garden". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Reinhard Zierke (2014). "Marc Block: The Hawthorn Spring". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Elizabeth Gaskell Special". The Verb. BBC. October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2009". BBC Radio 2 website. December 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  21. ^ Louise Parmakis (2011). "Adelphi Has to Fly – Lucy Ward: the bright young folk review". Bright Young Folk. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  22. ^ Reinhard Zierke (15 September 2014). "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Reinhard Zierke (15 September 2014). "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Wednesday 8 February 2012". BBC Radio 2 website. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Adelphi Has to Fly". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  26. ^ Reinhard Zierke (18 July 2013). "Cupola:Ward: Four". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  27. ^ Reinhard Zierke. "The Liberty to Choose". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  28. ^ Ally Walsh (20 August 2014). "VIDEO: Derby folk star Lucy Ward launches new album". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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