The Flown Tour : Part Uno!

Eh Up 🙂

How’s it going you lovely lot? I am well thanks, I have been working hard since we last spoke and catching up with the tv brilliance that is ‘Nashville‘! Have you seen it?! The music is flipping ace! It’s got me feeling all inspired to write a country album :p hehe or to at least crack out my Patsy Cline vinyls!

So then, the tour has officially kicked off, I have done 4 gigs, and it has been a blast, I am loving being out on the road again, gigging, meeting loads of new folk, catching up with old friends – to cut a long story short – I’m having a ball! 😀 And thankfully there is plenty of touring still to be had 🙂 I’ll be in StaffordshireKent (Just 8 tickets left!), Sheffield (Limited availability), Lincolnshire (Just 8 tickets left!) , DevonSouthportKetteringBedfordshire and Hull before the spring is out!

As part of this tour I will also be doing two rare gigs with The Lucy Ward Band 😀 Members of the band include the gorgeous, uber talented, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees O’Hooley and Tidow, Sam Pegg on bass guitar and Joy Gravestock on strings. Catch us…

18th April – Derby Guildhall  (Limited Availability – Can’t wait to play my home town!)

19th April – Abingdon Guildhall

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Anyways, shameless plug over, here is a little round up on what has happened so far on this here spring tour 🙂

The tour kicked off in Croydon with a night hosted in super indie, super lovely Matthews Yard. The first thing that told me that this was gonna be a great gig was cos people were allowed to bring cups of tea into the gig…how brilliant is that! But hot beverages aside, two great support acts, 1 young duo just starting out (in fact it was their first gig) and comedy songstress Jenny Lockyer kicked off the night in style

Another reason I was proper chuffed was because we reached ’emergency chairs’ capacity, which is always a good sign 🙂

The gig went well and the audience were lovely. Afterwards I asked a lady if she knew of anywhere good to get some grub (cos I have always have the major munchies after playing) and it turned out she was the land lady of  fantastic local pub, The Green Dragon, and though the kitchens were closed she went and personally cooked me and Rob chip butties 🙂 GET IN!

Bit dark but YAY for chip butties!

Bit dark but YAY for chip butties!

The next day the tour took a turn further south with a stop at Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival supporting the mighty Martin SimpsonI was bricking it, naturally, but Martin was really lovely and I can now say I have sat down to lasagne with the great man himself (pretty cool eh?!). This was the only support spot in the tour, but (in addition to supporting Martin Simpson) to be part of this festival which works so hard to highlight the core issues surrounding Fairtrade and to educate us on how we can all make a conscious effort to support justice and equality in our day to day lives, was just too important a thing to miss.

Back up in the midlands, a gig at Tump Folk Club, where not only tea was served but you could get it in whacking, great, massive 6 cup teapots HAPPY DAYS 😀 hehe! A cracking club with a lovely audience, I was supported by the americana influenced outfit Borderline Crossing, they’ve got a real groove to their music those guys and a fun night was had. I also got gifted some proper fancy macaroons…which were amazing! 

Lastly for this update, it was off Macclesfield way to Bollington Arts Centre, a gorgeous venue in a converted Methodist church. And it turned out to be a really special gig, as loads of you folks that I have met over the years came down to say hello and the energy in the room was buzzing. Plus it was sold out which was a right cheeky bonus! 😀

Right then folks, you take care and I’ll hopefully see you somewhere soon

Luce xx

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BLOG MONDAY: Single is launched, and insight intro recording and Australia

Ey up!

How are you?

‘Lucy, it’s Monday, how do you think we are?’

errmmmmmm, ok, so maybe you’re not quite fully into the swing of things yet but I hope that whatever you are up to you are all gravy and life is treating you well 😀

Yesterday saw the official release of ‘For The Dead Men’!!!!

‘Sunday was an odd day to release a single luce, did you get your days muddled?’

No, apparently that’s just the way of the world when it comes to download releases 🙂 I must admit, that little nugget of info was news to me too!

So yes, it is here at last! The response has been pretty overwhelming if I am honest with you; and as cheesy at it sounds, I really feel like we are all in this together, I’m feeling a sense of unity right now.

Bono bit out the way :s

Guess who shared the video last night…Mr Mike Harding

 

 

With a comment of ‘I love this song – what a lass’

Cool beans! in fact, not just Mike Harding but loads of people on facey b in particluar have been sharing the video, posting it on your walls or on the walls of like-minded friends . Thanks to all of you, I am quite sure the success of the last 24 hrs has been down to you lot being well cool! 🙂

Haven’t downloaded it yet but think that you would quite like to?

No worries, You can get you mitts on it on itunes

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-the-dead-men/id497199644?i=497199645&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

or amazon (in fact, you lot made For The Dead Men #5 in the folk singles chart on amazon and #2 in the folk album chart (although I dunno how it got into that category hehe)

So anyways…as it’s Blog Monday…I’m going to fill you in on recording for the dead men…both the single and the music video

Well, when it was decided that ‘For The Dead Men’ was going to be released as a single I was right over the moon. We hadn’t even really discussed a 2nd album at that point and were just focusing on making the most of the unexpected success of Adelphi, I sent Stu (Stu Hanna from Megson, who produced Adelphi) and the peeps at Navigator the  live recording of me playing it on ‘Sounds of Folk’ with a view to just letting them know I was writing. Within a few days it was decided that we should put it out as a single and start working towards a second album release on the label. (I’m writing for the album at the moemnt so may have some more light to shed on that one for ya in a few months time) 

Lyrics printed out ready to map out arrangement

So anyways, it got to recording week and everyone in the family…repeat…EVERYONE…caught the dreaded lurgy. There were technicolour yawns everywhere. I’m blaming some nameless youth at my niece’s eight birthday party…not that I usually make a habit of holding grudges against small children, but it was the last week I needed to be ill

Luckily despite being extremely busy working with other artists, gigging and doing all the things new parents have to do, Stu was alble to fit me in for a day and a half to try and lay down the single, a b-side and a back-up plan.

Is Lucy in the studio?! She must be! It's a tip!

Working with Stu is always great and I felt we managed to slip straight back into the work mode we had during recording  Adelphi. I think we make a good team. Stu by nature is pretty laid back and is always open to ideas…in my experience when you are both open to trying different things (although that can be really hard when it’s your own songs and arrangements) that actually you make something that is bigger than the sum of it’s parts. ‘CHEESY!’ I hear you shout! But it’s kind of true, so please excuse the distinct hint of chedder!

We laid everything down pretty quickly and then, once it’s there in principle, thats when you can start spending  time experimenting, singing harmonies, trying diffent instrumentation and effects. I guess when you always perform solo, recording is a rare opportunity to add in all the bits you could hear when you were writing, the rumbling percussion marching onwards, the voices multiplying as we ‘stand up….’ (although you lot usually provide that bit at the gigs 😀 cos you’re lovely). Ofcourse, all this adding stuff malarky is all about being careful not to overload it and make sure there is room to let the words do their thing…words are always my favourite bit of a song 🙂

The lovely Anna Esslemont also offered up some incredible haunting fiddle to go onto the track, so ya never know, that may just make it onto the album version 😉

And lastly, it wouldn’t be a blog of mine if it didn’t involve food! :p

Mmmmmm....my M&S 😀

 OOO Yeah, for those of you who fancy a physical copy, thats still not a prob, as per yesterdays blog (go there for fuller deets)

They are just £3 + £1 for postage and packaging (£2 postage and packaging if you need it sending overseas)

If you would like a copy, then please drop me an email

info@lucywardsings.com

and let me know your

  1. name
  2. address
  3. how many copies you would like
  4. and whether you would like to pay by paypal or cheque

I will email you back asap and we’ll take it from there :)

So then, back to Blog Mondayness – AUSTRALIA

Check this bad boy out…I’m being played on mother jeffin Australian Broadcast Corporation’s Radio…NATIONAL RADIO!!!!

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/dailyplanet/lucy-ward-show/3790968

AHHHHHHH!!!!

So totally amazing, a whole show dedicated to my album!!! It’s just surreal, a whole show! I am just astounded that somehwere thousands of miles away from where I live or have ever played feel that their listeners across the whole  of AUSTRALIA would be interested in listening to me.

I’m flabbergasted

So with that, I’m out!

Luce xx

‘She watched the green leaves fade and fall’…2011 in an epic nutshell :)

 Ey up Blog Beans,

Well well well, here it is, the second instalment of BLOG MONDAY! Which, in case you had missed it, is my ingenious plot to get you up to date with all things 2011, the stuff that’s brewing in 2012 and just generally make sure you’re filled in. It has taken me some time to write this here 2011 review so I can only apologise for my tardiness and hope that you can find it in your hearts to forgive me 🙂

SPRING!

Well after recording the bulk of ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’ in the winter of 2010, Spring 2011 was a time for working! Going through the rough mixes, popping down to the studio to record odd extra bits and bobs, getting photo’s done, approving artwork and a whole wealth of stuff I never even considered would need to be done. It was quite an anxious few months if I am honest. I said this at the time (in fact I think there is a blog  mentioning it) but I felt that making the album was a bit like having a baby (especially given as it took exactly 9 months from signing to release)!  Now, I haven’t yet spawned a sprog so I can’t say for certain, but, the sense of spending months trying to make something that is lovely and as perfect as you know how to make it, and then it’s born (released in album terms) and  you have quite little control over it. People will like it, or they won’t, and they’ll judge accordingly. Very odd.

all the album artwork 🙂

Having said all of that it was also a ridiculously exciting time! Hearing my music professionally recorded for the first time. Seeing boxes of my album being produced. I’m going to sound like a right cheesy drip here…but it’s the dream for any musician aint it! And I felt suitably lucky, jammy, excited, humbled and just ooooooo I dunno, CHUFFED! 😀

the first box of CD's

Working with Stu (Stu Hanna of Megson) was an awesome experience. I was quite nervous as there are all sorts of horror stories out there of producers who change too    much, and make it their album instead one that is distinctly the artist’s. But with Stu I really found he knew how to get the best out of my performance, and between us we made an album that I am really proud of. I’m really excited to be working with him again!

So with all the manufacturing done, the promo copies sent out for review and potential radio play it was essentially a waiting game. Adelphi was officially released on 13th June but prior to that I had a festival launch at Shepley. Ah man, it was the most nerve-racking thing EVER, just all the pent up energy of  9 months of work and preparation… and in addition to that it was one of the very first (and so far few) outings of The Lucy Ward Band (O’Hooley and Tidow and a lovely bass player Sam Pegg), I was bricking it, but it was amazing too…are you ready for more cheesiness? Hope so cos here it comes :p it kind of felt like, I was a proper musician, I know that sounds daft, but launching the album was kind of like saying ‘it was worth not going to uni, it’s been 3 years since you left 6th Form, this is your degree now’

 
 
 
 
The Lucy Ward Band – Main Stage Shepley
 

Now I’ve stopped vomiting verbal sentimentality all over your good selves I will move on to SUMMER!

A rundown of summer factoids for you

1: I had the pleasure of attending Priddy Festival again this year, smashing place. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s like a tiny little Glastonbury and I love it. This year however, they had big screens…twas ace…i felt like beyonce! Anyways, I got a DVD of the performance and let’s just say there was a bit of a wardrobe malfunction during the concertina section of my set and purple bra was on show…oh dear :s hehe

me being beyonce

Cupola:Ward

2: The first ever Cupola:Ward gig was had, at Belper Folk Club. We then went onto Sidmouth and have had another couple of gigs since. Things are going well 🙂 I am mainly loving it cos I’m getting the chance to practise my harmony singing skills!

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
3: My first ever Sidmouth! It’s amazing; every other shop is a bakery…nom nom nom! I was there with Cupola:Ward but did do a little solo stint at O’Hooley and Tidow’s cabaret! Where they opened the show with a Euro Pop reimagining of ‘Are You Going To Scarborough Fair’ complete with robot dance moves! Those ladies are crazy! I love em! And it saw the very first outing of my cover of Pulp’s ‘Common People’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jp7HmNnIpw 
 
4: D’o’bergines was born! The power harmony trio that is myself, the beautiful Miss Ruth Notman and the scrumptious Miss Anna Esslemont. This is a very slow burn project but one the sisterhood has been cast, there is no breaking away from it 😉 I mean we even have two sets of code names for crying out loud: Notster, Bluey and Cowbag & J-Lu, Rihanna and Britney!

5: I recorded a Jingle for Adam Wilson’s Quiet Revolution on HFM radio…A jingle! So cool!

6: The Guardian reviewed ‘Adelphi…’ and gave it not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 mother flippin stars 😀 I was and still am soooooo stoked

7: I got my first ever standing ovation at Shrewsbury Folk Festival (I got two in the same gig). I think it was another one of those moments where everything came together. This video is the encore of the set; after the first ovation, it’s pretty shaky cos, I’ll be honest, my Dad’s crying, well so was I and all. An amazing feeling

 

Me and Mike Harding - u have no idea how much trouble I got into with my Dad for wearing that leopard print top to meet him :p

8: I got interviewed by Mike Harding, which was pretty ace! I walked into smooth operations HQ really nervous and one of the first things I said was ‘Thank you so much for this Mike, it means a lot that you would play the album and show it some support’, he turned round and said ‘I wouldn’t play it if it were rubbish’. Well that told me lol 😀 .Then after recording the interview we then spent another hour nattering about politics and literature, twas a lovely afternoon. 

There is not room to fit everything here but summer really was a blast! I had a couple of weeks to collect my thoughts and get back on the admin bicycle, then I was back on the road again for my AUTUMN tour.

Autumn saw my very first headline tour! Crazy! I have always just done gigs, lots of  gigs, but not a kind of organised array of headline dates spread across 2 months with matching tour flyers. It was another step forward in what had already turned out to be a mental year. I tell you, me, and ward incorporated (my folks and Rob) are on a steep but fun learning curve. It was the first time really where it was truly upon my head if I couldn’t get a crowd together. But I was really lucky, none of the gigs were just me, my mum and a dead dog. And in fact there were even 3 sell out dates. Very very cool! Having said that, that success rate was also based on working with a lot of really great promoters and clubs, it just all seemed to come together really. I must of done something blummin amazing in a past life to deserve all this good fortune I can tell ya!

The scariest one was probs All Hallows Church in Leeds, I had sold only 2 tickets in advance and was really worrying but then 30+ people walked in and bought tickets on the night. Phew was all I could say!

Well autumn turned to WINTER (as tis the natural order of things)

I was expecting quite a chilled out November/December/January, winding down gigs and getting down to some writing; but as per usual it turned out to be the exact opposite of what I expected (In a good way mind you!)

First off, the blummin Folk Award nominations (see past blogs for uber mad ramblings on this subject). I am still completely overwhelmed about it all,  when I sit down and think about how cool it is to even be included in the awards; tis surreal really. Very nervous for the award ceremony already, I watched it on the telly last year and they had Roger Daltrey present an award…ROGER DALTREY!!! In the name of Baba O’Reilly there is no substitute for that man (see what I did there :p )

I wrote  ‘For The Dead Men’ in September time, a bit of a protest song really, there is a live version on YouTube. I sent it to Stu and the peeps at the record company just as a ‘hey, this is what I have been working on’, and if I am honest, as a cheeky little nudge to say ‘I am up for a 2nd album if you are’ 😉 hehe. And, well they really really liked it and we decided to put it out as a single.

So December has been filled with recording and photoshoots( full deets brewing in the next BLOG MONDAY) and all that kinda stuff…as well as loads of food and Crimbliss type celebrations.

Geisha Mother Nature

 

I also got round to some daft xmas offerings of the musical variety! 🙂

tiny ferrets!!

 In other news, none music related, 2011 saw me move house twice,have ferret babies (although I did not personally give birth to them!), I zumba’d a lot,

glasto moustaches!

glasto moustaches!

I Glasto’d for the 8th time, I saw Jarvis Cocker in real life! And to top it all off I jived in the middle of Tesco and my folks bought me a banjo (the first thing on my santa baby list, now all i need is a motorhome and a spot on Later with Jools) !

So there you go, you are filled in, wishing you all an amazing 2012 🙂

Lots of Love

Luce xx

2 BBC Folk Award Nominations

Ey Up one and all,

As always I hope that this finds you well 🙂

Well, what can I say, last night the finalists for the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced. I am blown away to be able to say that I received nominations in two categories. Firstly for the Horizon Award (which is a best newcomer type thing) and secondly for Best Traditional Track with Maids When You’re Young.

I gotta say this: AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHYYYYAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!

I am just so excited, and overwhelmed and, well, there just aren’t words to describe quite how this feels. I know that it sounds cheesy but it honestly is just wonderful. I couldn’t of asked for this year to go better…in fact the only way it could be improved is if I get a pink unicorn for my birthday next month! 😀

Last year, I listened to the folk awards in my car in a travelodge carpark (no radio in my room and I couldn’t get the wifi to work). I was in the middle of recording ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’, and I distinctly remember thinking: ‘I wonder if?’ and to be nominated just a year later, and in two categories…well…it’s just mental! 😀

I know I sound like I am gushing, and I guess I am…and I know this all sounds so mushy but i am just so pleased to be among so many wonderful musicians, I seriously do consider it an honour.

In the Best Traditional Track category, the other nominees are Emily Smith, Martin Simpson and June Tabor and Oysterband. As I was just saying it is quite surreal to be in a category with such legends. June is my hero, I didn’t grow up with folk music and it was listening to her (someone lent me a cd at an open mic night) that got me really interested in traditional songs and performance…and well…I’ve said it plenty of times before but I really do see June as one of my key influences. So really it is totally ridiculous, very daft and just wonderful to be in the same category as her.

Who knows I might even get a chance to say hello to her at the awards ceremony in February 🙂

You can listen to the Mike Harding’s show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017226g/Mike_Harding_16_11_2011/

Looking very happy at all the mess I made at the recent Cupola:Ward shoot 🙂

Just a few other notes: Congratulations to everyone who got nominated! 🙂 And did you notice the Derbyshire theme running through the folk awards? Home Service (John Tams), Bella Hardy, 2/3rds of Lady Maisery, myself, Andy Cutting (although he is really a southerner hehe) and Blair Dunlop all from this fair county. Must be something in the water hehe 🙂

Well my first ever headline tour is now slowly coming to and end (full blog to come about that in a week or so), and there’s not many gigs left until the festive season is upon us. Although I am looking forward to supporting Emily Portman (The musician, Leicester, 22/11/2011) and Uiscedwr on their last ever gig (Rugby Roots,10/12/2011). In addition to that a few charity do’s and a gig with my new collaborative project with Cupola:Ward (Brewtown Folk Club, Burton, 18/11/2011). So It’s all looking good before 2012 commences 😀

Anyways, you all take care, and I’ll hope to see you soon

Luce x

Adelphi has flown, 4 stars and face cake…

Ey up Blog Beans 🙂

 

Hows things? Good? (I imagine you saying ‘good, thanks’) Brilliant! So glad to hear you are well 🙂 I am smashing thanks for asking!

 

Well what a crazy week I have had, monday was the official launch of my debut album ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’ and I chose to mark the occasion by throwing a big party in Derby (my home town). It was brilliant! After muchos nervousness throughout the day, about whether anyone would turn up and whether the band would be ok (as managing to fit in a grand total of zero rehearsals seems to be our style); and after a huge mix up with the PA, the blowing up of a trillion balloons, the sprinkling of glitter confetti and the …well i guess what i’m trying to say is after all that hard work we had a cracking night. The highlight for me was half way through ‘Alice In The Bacon Box’ the audience started singing it…the verses and everything…that has never happened to me before…and I know that a lot of them were my family and friends, but just for us all to be there, singing my song, well, I cried I tell you!

 

I have cried a lot this week! HAPPY TEARS! You gots to let them out when you feel them 🙂

 

After a cracking gig and catching up with a lot of dear friends…thanks for coming btw peeps!…the owner of the venue (Bar 5, Derby) put on some absolutely brilliant music, we had The Beatles, we had Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, ahhh man all the greats were there! Actually another top moment from the night was ‘I Am The Walrus’ came on and the whole room just started singing….I was dancing around the bar…and well, it was just top! I then went over the road to my local ‘alternative’ night club (just incase you are worrying about what i mean by ‘alternative’ I mean they play ROCK AND ROLL AND NOT CHERYL COLE…YAY hehe) and carried on the celebrations there. I wasn’t drinking of course as I had the London launch the next day but I danced til the morning chorus and my it felt good!

 

So then Tuesday rolled around and I was cream crackered to say the least but into my folks honda jazz we piled and off to London we drove. Twas very exciting, even though I had a bass case in my face all the way hehe. The London Launch was at the fabulous Slaughtered Lamb, such a quirky little bijoux venue, which I was loving! The band played great, we were all in good voice but the highlight had to be the mighty Mr Will Pound supporting me as my special guest. I have never ever seen anyone play harmonica like that man can! He should get a knighthood or something!

 

Wednesday brought the delights of a gig at Biddulph Up In Arms, where I had a great time and acquired the most amazing ‘Raggy Annie’ head dress which I will be sporting at this years Glastonbury Festival…i’ll endeavour to whack a picture up for you cos you just have to see how briiiiiillllllllliant it is! Anyways, Wednesday was also the day of my interview on Mike Harding’s show on BBC Radio 2 AMAZINGLY MENTAL EH?! I recorded it a few months ago and had a great time at Smooth Operations HQ sitting and drinking tea with Mike whilst we talked politics and literature 🙂 good times! You can have a listen to it here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011r54l/Mike_Harding_15_06_2011/ Mike has been incredibly supportive, but i gots to tell you guys, it just feels so surreal! I listen to his show every week and now he’s playing my songs and interviewing me…i can’t get over how strange that feels, immense, but strange 🙂

 

Thursday was a chill day…UNTIL…It was getting on for half ten, I was just faffing about, minding my own business, when my phone rang. I looked at it, the caller display said ‘Dad’; I thought ‘Oh flipping heck what does he want at this time of night?’. I answered it, the noise I heard was…………..’AHHHHHHHHH LUCE YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT!’

‘WHAT?!’

‘THE GUARDIAN REVIEW IS OUT’

‘WHAT?! NO WAY, I THOUGHT WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SEE IT TIL TOMORROW,? WHERE? HOW? WHAT DOES IT SAY?

this is what it said: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/16/lucy-ward-adelphi-has-to-fly-review

CHUFFING AMAZING!!!! I couldn’t of asked for much more! I mean it’s just, well I just feel like this week has been a bit of a magic carpet ride, and I know that sounds really cheesy, but it’s true. I feel very lucky. 4 whole stars!!!!

 

Finally ladies and gentlemen…Face Cake…I had two face cakes gifted to me on the evening of my Derby launch party…TWO…and boy did they taste good 🙂

 

I think that is more than enough gushing to bestow upon you people for one day

 

Take care and all that lovely stuff

 

Luce xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

Ey Up Blog Beans!

Album Cover

How are you? Well I hope. I am good, thanks for asking; actually I’m more than good: I’m excited, apprehensive, anxious, intrigued, buzzing and just a bit wired about MY ALBUM LAUNCH!!!!

Sorry, mad moment over…just can’t believe that after all that hard work and cups of tea the time has finally come to unleash my album on the world. And for the world to tell me what it thinks…I feel like an expectant mother, not that I have any experience of such things, but I just imagine that it’s a similar feeling of  ‘wow, I hope this thing that I have spent many months making as perfect as I can is gonna be ok!’

(I might be being a bit dramatic, I’m sure having a child is much worse than this, but this is pretty nerve wracking I’ve got to tell you!)

So a quick rundown of the top ten album factoids:

1: It’s called ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’

2: It’s released on June 13th 2011

3: It’s on Navigator Records (which is home to a wealth of well cool people: Bellowhead, Chris Wood etc etc etc…and now it’s home to me MENTAL!!)

4: It was produced by the wonderful Stu Hanna (of Megson but who also has produced loads of cool people like Show of Hands and Mawkin:Causley)

Stu and Debbie (Megson) & Me @ BAA Festival last year

5: It guest stars a handful of marvellous musicians: Stu Hanna, Debbie Hanna, Belinda O’Hooley, Heidi Tidow and Sam Pegg

6: I play percussion on it which is hilarious cos I have no rhythm when it comes to hitting stuff!

7: Best meal cooked by Debbie Hanna during the recording process was undoubtedly the spicy pasties!

8: It’s got loads of my own stuff, loads of trad, and a cheeky little cover on it.

9: I love my fifties hair do on the cover of the album and have tried countless amounts of time to do it myself and I always end up looking like a poodle (or Bonnie Tyler)

10: It has so far had lots of lovely reviews which I will endeavour to post in detail but mojo, uncut, maverick, R2, Mike Harding and Verity Sharpe have all been muchos complimentary…which is again…MENTAL !!!

I am well chuffed with the album, I honestly feel like me and Stu made a good job of it and I’m dead proud of it. I really hope you guys like it else I guess it would defeat the point a bit, but just know that I tried my very bestest to make it lovely for you…as you are quite lovely!

This week leading up to the launch is all preparation, invites, decorations, and most importantly…DECIDING WHAT I WILL WEAR…hehe I’m not that vain really, I just see this as an opportunity to by a lip smackingly brilliant dress that a starving musician like myself couldn’t normally justify buying! I’m thinking, black, and sparkly, sort of like Bette Midler with a punk rock twist!

Most amazing news of this past week is that my album is available from asda.com…CRAZY DAYS…does that mean I’ve officially made it? You can buy me in asda, I mean you can buy falafel in asda (yum); you can buy ‘cheese flavoured slices’ in asda (gross), and now you can purchase my album…cool beans!

At chez Lucy all is well; one of my kittens (Maceo) keeps walking over my keyboard making it very hard to write this blog/news update to your lovely selves. Also one of the ferrets (Iggy Sawdust) is running round causing havoc in the living room after his bath (yes you do bath ferrets lol), but he’s gotta dry off before I can but him back in the ferret shed with all his chums, so alas I will have to just turn a blind eye to the mayhem. Finally, I am currently contemplating whether to make myself a brie sarnie or to be good and just have some raspberries…I’m pretty sure I’ll end up having the brie sarnie, I went on a 3 mile run today so I guess I’m allowed.

Anywho, let me know what you think to the album and I’ll hopefully catch you at a gig sooooon

Love

Luce xxx

From Festival Launch gig at Shepley Spring Folk Festival

Bare with…

Hello!!

Everything is happening so fast and I’m really excited to tell you that you can pre-order my album now!!

It’s out on June 13th 2011, you can get your copy here. The first 50 are signed. 🙂

Just to let you know – my website is having a huge update so please bare with us as we make some improvements!

Thank you for all your love and support, Lucy x