The Flown Tour: Part Deux

Ey Up 🙂

How’s it going peeps? Hope you had a restful Easter/Bank Holiday weekend and that you aren’t feeling too ill from all the chocloate/roast dinners/nights out you may have encountered over the weekend 🙂 hehe

I have eaten way tooooooo much this weekend…but what’s new there and it all tasted amazing! :p

Well I am officially half way through my spring tour 🙂 (although spring is a little illusive at the moment wouldn’t you agree) and it is going well lushly! I have been completely bowled over by how many of you guys, old friends and new, have come along so far and the party continues onwards WAHOO!

So before giving you a round up of what’s been cracking off on tour, plus a cheeky little recording update here’s a brief look at where I’m off to next 🙂 clickety clack on the destinations for more info on the gigs…

Devon, Southport, Kettering, Oxfordshire (Lucy Ward Band Gig with O’Hooley and Tidow…muchos rare!), Bedfordshire and Hull (sharing the bill with the marvellous Steve Tilston and Tom Morris)

Right then, cheeky plug/reminder over, here is what I have been up too 🙂

Brewood acoustic music club in Stafforshire 🙂 What a brilliant night, I’d been to a session at this lively club way back when I was just 16 or so and always remembered it as being warm, friendly and above all fun! And I was not disappointed on my return! A proper folk club we had a night of laughs and singing,  including the club anthem: Wild mountain thyme, to finish up the evening. Attending that evening was a lovely little girl, and quite possibly one of my youngest ever gig patrons, hence why she totally deserves a mention! Just 3 years old  and she knew all of the words to Maids When You’re Young…start em young I say 😉 hehe. I also got gifted a really beautiful treble clef ring and some filled cobs from lovely venue manager Vicky. Happy Days!

Next up was my stint down in Kent at Folk In The Barn, and the first PRE SELL OUT of the tour…needless to say I was well excited! A tea time gig on a sunday, where super tasty veggie bangers and mash proceeded my sets and I was lucky enough to be joined on stage by proper talented, local boy done good, Luke Jackson. We did a version of House Of The Rising Sun together…the boy is fabulous! Find out more about Luke here.

rubbish phone quality, but me and Luke having a jam :)

rubbish phone quality, but me and Luke having a jam 🙂

And the snow continued to come down…but thankfully I just got to make snow angels and didn’t have to cancel any gigs…perfect combo!

It was off up to Sheffield next and what a special evening that was. In the gorgeous Lantern Theatre in Netheredge 🙂 the oldest theatre in sheffy, it’s proper, all red velvet and raked stage with the cutest balcony you’ve ever seen, (a balcony! at one of my gigs! Shirley Bassey eat your heart out!) well worth a visit if you are ever that way!

Pic from the yorkshire times

The view from the stage 😀

I was blessed with a packed audience, just 8 tickets unsold which I was pretty well chuffed with particularly as the snow was relentlessly blizzarding outside. I was supported by Pip Mountjoy, whos lovely mellow sound kicked of the evening beautifully.

Lastly on this mid tour round up was a jaunt Lincolnshire way to Faldingworth Live. Twas another baltic night but it saw the second pre sell out of the tour; woop! When we arrived there a tap had been a tap left on in the venue’s kitchen and we had to help the poor promoter and sound man mop up before cracking on with getting ready for the gig 🙂 soggy disaster overted we had a dry and enjoyable evening hehe. Supported by BBC Young Folk Award Finalist Sunjay Brayne, who incidentally is releasing his new single today! Go forth and check it out peeps 🙂

In other gigging news my band gig in Derby on 18th April is now completely sold out…proper excited to be playing to a capacity crowd in my home town 🙂

Outside of gigging I’ve also been back in the studio putting some exciting finishing touches to my forthcoming record 😀 Was a totally awesome day and I can finally hear the album coming together, just a few more sessions to go hehe…

YAY Cello and Bass times!

YAY Cello and Bass times!

And outside of music I’ve had a well family few weeks, in fact my mum made dinner for 17 of us just the other day, it was a bit mental but totally wonderful all the same.

So that’s it, you lot take care and I’ll catch you soon

Luce xx

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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

Folk Alliance International : A Canadian Adventure

Ey Up So here it is, a blog about the most mental, overwhelming and downright brilliant experience you could ever have…ok this might be a slight exaggeration cos owning a pet dragon would probably be slightly more mental, overwhelming and down right brilliant but none the less Folk Alliance is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Basically, it’s four days of extremely well organised chaos and delegates from all over the world turn up to share knowledge, experience, contacts and most of all the music that they love! Just to give you an idea of the scale there was something like over 2000 delegates there; mostly musicians but also promoters, agents, Radio DJ’s, Publicists, Festival organisers and more. It is unlike any expo/conference or gathering that we have here in the UK that’s for sure : ) The 25th Annual Folk Alliance International (FAI) took place at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. Can we just take a moment to admire how cool their commemorative poster was:

Sgt Pepper for folkies!

Sgt Pepper for folkies!

I bought one and have had it framed to put up in my office 🙂 hehe I feel I haven’t really explained quite what FAI is yet, it just seems too mammoth to sum up in a few sentences…but none the less…here it goes. The core programming for this event is based around, panels, workshops and showcases.

  • Panels: A chance to learn; whether it’s about how best to present your music in international territories, how to handle your security at festivals, the relevance of Child Ballads in modern folk music or just sharing experiences of music in a social justice context…pretty much any question answered in an array of sessions for artists and others alike. 
  • Workshops: A chance to learn! Ukelele, or any other instrument for that matter (highly recommended FUN, particularly if your brain is all mushed up from jet lag and late night showcases 😀 
  • SHOWCASES: Imagine this – 3 floors + the conference suite of the biggest hotel in Canada, each room (that is usually a bedroom) has had the furniture taken out to make way for chairs, scatter cushions, PA’s, mini bars, buffet selections and bunting to put on gig after gig, artist after artist, all night til two in the morning. Each room showcasing up to 10 artists a day. As you walk down the corridors all you can hear is music pouring out of each and every doorway…first a singer songwriter with a bluesy feel, then a band modelled in the image of canned heat, then a trio singing French folk songs, then a harpist, then, then, then…

The showcases are the best and worst bit of FAI…

Best because of the wealth of amazing and varied music that you get to see…I saw so many really cracking artists that I may never had heard otherwise. Highlights included Les Hay Babies, Ashley Condon, David CeliaTeresa Doyle and October BrowneRose Cousins, the lists goes on and on.

Worst because you can’t help but miss loads of fantastic musicians who are showcasing next door, down the hall or in the room directly above you, but you can’t catch ’em all eh?

FAI is like a festival and a conference had a baby! It’s awesome! I played 6 showcases and sat on 1 panel whilst I was there but when I wasn’t playing I really made the most of being at this wonderful unique event; watched tonnes of music and took in every panel that I could. The only spare hours of my day were spent eating pancakes, going to the really tasty vegetarian buffet restaurant just next door and sleeping off my jet lag before my late evening showcases.

FAI taught me the power of day time power napping,  so you can stay up late watching great music – so thanks for that guys, I am truly grateful 😀 hehe

There was not only me but a massive great contingent of British artists showcasing, flying the flag for UK folk music, it was a very special thing to be a part of, there was: Jim Moray, Karine Polwart, Martyn Joseph, Georgia Ruth Williams (whom I had never heard before and she is flipping brilliant!), Sam Carter, Breabach, Rachel Sermanni, Sam Lee, Kilmarnock Edition and Joy Dunlop.

As I have never been to Canada before I also took the opportunity to go for a jaunt around Toronto, to take in some local culture and just so I could really say I’d been : ) My favourite part of Toronto was Kensington Market, some local Torontonians described it to me as being like The Laines in Brighton – but I think it was more like Glastonbury Festival, full of boho hippy’s in vintage gear buying organic fruit and chai tea…twas right up my street I can tell ya! And the whole place was covered in amazing street art

Street art in Kensington Market

Street art in Kensington Market

I also managed to find, not one, but two cheese shops…just in case you have never read one of my blogs before…I LOVE CHEESE!

 

And so that was it, 4 awesome days which were over in a flash! I met loads of really great people and I hope that it will not be my last time across the pond because I truly had a ball, FAI has such an amazing sense of community! In fact I am already plotting on how to get to their meeting in Kansas next year hehe…dya think if I click my ruby slippers together I’ll make it? :p

Lastly, thanks so much to the English Folk Dance and Song Society who took both me and the lovely Jim Moray out to FAI and exposed us to this amazing experience, it really was a wonderful thing to be a part of and a completely unforgettable experience that I have learnt soooooooooo much from : )

I think I have rambled enough…except to say I am now off on tour for two months 😀 you can check out my tour dates here

you take care

Luce xx

Belated 2012 round up, the future and so on :)

I am sure you have all seen the terrible news this week about the tragic accident at a Fisherman’s Friends show that killed Paul McMullen and Trevor Grills. I have written this blog today with a sadness in my heart as it was over 2012 that I met, worked with and became friends with both of these kind and talented men. My love and thoughts go out to their families in this time of great tragedy. Both Paul and Trevor made an impact on many peoples lives and they will not be forgotten.

Ey Up 🙂

Well here we are, 2013.

What with having the lurgy and starting to record the new album, January kinda flew by and before i knew it…it had gone. But even though we have now rolled on into February this IS the first blog post of the new year, so it seems appropriate to do a quick round up on all the mentalness that 2012 held…so here we go, a whistle stop tour of the year that was! Bestest highlights only to keep this blog to novella length hehe! 🙂

January:

  • I started the year with a lovely writing holiday on the Devon/Cornwall border, in an attempt to kick start my mind into second album gear 🙂 I think I succeeded more in scaring myself half to death with the thought of ‘the difficult second album’ but a year later it’s all written and I am finally in the studio laying it all down 🙂
  • My first Derbyshire Volounteers gig – This was veryyyyyy special, I had been inducted into the ranks of ‘official’ Derbyshire Folkies, playing in a scratch band with the likes of John Tams, Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Kendrick:Needham, Cupola, Mick Peat and more…there are nearly 20 of us in total! It’s just an amazing opportunity to play with a myriad of ridiculously brilliant and giving musicians, plus I think I am the honorary baby of the group which is quite a nice experience hehe
  • For The Dead Men was released…

February:

  • THE FOLK AWARDS! what an amazing experience that was, and looking back nearly a year on; what an array of amazing opportunities that award has brought my way…a really special evening that I certainly won’t be forgetting in a hurry. Click here for full blog on the folk awards!

March:

  • I went on tour with the lovely Phil Beer, the man is truly a ledge! Beautiful music, beautiful venues and a particularly beautiful sandwich in Torrington I seem to recall, cheese and pickle, mmmm
  • I moved house, and painted it every colour you can imagine…BUT NOT MAGNOLIA! 😀 I also put a tardis in the kitchen, you know, just in case the doctor wants to come for tea 🙂
Polyfilla Poser

Polyfilla Poser

April:

  • I visited the hallowed halls of Cecil Sharp House for the very first time. I guess for all folkies the place has a strange majesty to it (sounds daft but it certainly evokes that feeling in me); perhaps because you know it holds the roots of  the tradition, or perhaps it’s the gorgeous little bijou cafe, either way, it’s worth a visit. I was supporting my self pronouced ‘surrogate lesbian parents’ O’Hooley and Tidow (btw, have you listened to their 2nd album yet? It’s beautiful!) Find more about their music here.
  • We got kittens! And they are well cool! Totally make the house, I named mine Ziggy Stardust, for this reason: ‘Screwed up eyes and screwed down hair-do, like some CAT from Japan’…’Well hung with a SNOW WHITE tan’…there really is no better name for a white cat wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
Ziggy

Ziggy

May:

  • Rob got Laser eyes! I was kind of hoping that this would mean he would be like Cyclops from X-Men and be able shoot lasers out of his eyes…apparently, that not how it works 😦 boooo! but none the less this got a mention because science is amazing, a 7 miunte procedure followed by perfect vision, it’s just unbelieveable! 🙂
  • I somehow managed to land myself a gig at the famous Ronnies’ Bar, yep, i do mean the famous jazz club Ronnies Bar, but what a spectacular evening it was. I’ll be honest, I was pretty apprehensive as to whether he audience would go for my brand of daft banter but they were well up for it. It was transformed into a folk club in minutes and I am very proud to say that I even had the suited and booted business men singing ‘Maids When You’re Young’ hehe 😀
  • May also saw me headline a festival for the first time ever. The small but perfectly formed Doncaster Folk Festival! You know what, I spent my childhood going to music and new age festivals, I spend my working life at Folk Festivals, and this festival, despite being a very simple and small set up, has an amazing vibe. The crowd are always up for a laugh, they are warm and giving and it’s all indoors so no mud (I am not put off by a bit of mud but it is a pain when you’re carting stuff about) Plus there are hot homemade stews on a dolly trolly…whats not to like!
  • It’s very rare that musicians get to go to gigs cos they are always gigging themselves;  and in all honesty, when I aint gigging, the novelty of a night in is sometimes just too much to resist. But back in May me and Rob went to see Coldplay for the 2nd time, and I tell you, big arena concerts aren’t my fave (if you are at the back you sometimes can feel so disjointed from the gig that you feel you might as well be watching it on the telly) but this gig was amazing! An inclusive, emotional and communal experience from start to finish. Cracking night!
I love you Chris Martin!!!

I love you Chris Martin!!!

June:

  • Festival season was well underway by this point, and the  true beginning of my summer under canvas…i am definitely the queen of camp! Palatial tent for the win!
  • Cupola:Ward had it’s first gig. Tis proper exciting to be part of band, especially cos I almost always play solo! And even more especially because Cupola are all so flipping talented, I just get to prance around pretending I’m Mick Jagger or Iggy Pop :p
  • Mills and Chimneys combined with mighty Sinphonia Viva to undertake a mammoth project involving schools from all over Derbyshire in composing music and songs inspired by their own county’s history. It was the first time I’ve worked with an orchestra, and my they are a clever bunch of clogs! And the kids were amazing; singing songs we had written for and with them – not a dry eye in the house!
  • A true rarity! I went to a festival purely as a punter! Isle Of Wight Festival is a blast. It’s got a really chilled communal vibe and when it wasn’t raining, the sun was so glorious that my nose was not dissimilar to Rudolph’s. Best acts we saw were probably Biffy Clyro and Joan Armatrading (I cried at her gig, I love her music so much and she is such a beautiful performer)…ooo and it was a bit muddy to say the least:
MUD :D

MUD 😀

  • And then we went to Sark. Sark is amazing. No cars, No pavements (cos there are no cars to run you over), No streetlamps (The sky was bursting with stars!) and a cracking little festival! You must go! Because Sark is awesome!
Playing in a vineyard :)

Playing in a vineyard 🙂

Ah man I’ve rambled on loads, congratulations if you have made it this far, I am just rubbish at being succinct! Right, time to step it on up a gear WARP SPEED AHEAD!

July:

  • Supported Seth Lakeman again…I love him!
  •  I was invited back to my old school to judge their music festival. I was in it 7 times, very weird to be the one making the decisions hehe
  •  I met oddsocks and the journey of becoming a composer for theatre began…yay 😛
  • I played for the first time at Cambridge Folk Festival, and somehow managed to pull a full capacity crowd…MENTAL! Whilst I was there I also did a stint for Sky Arts (for both tv and an exclusive web interview)…MENTAL! watch the exclusive video here.

August:

  • Rebellion punk festival! Oh man, it was so good! And I had the most boring hair out of anyone there which made a refreshing change hehe :p It was great to be included! Folk and Punk are very similar in my mind, songs of the people, by the people…plus I can now say I have supported BOW WOW WOW…’GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY’
  •  More dashing up and down the country for festivals 🙂

September:

  • The recording of the soundtrack for Folie a Deux!  And working with the amazing Barna, a Hungarian gypsy fiddle player who’s music was out of this world…more about that project here

October:

  • My beautiful new nephew was born, he is my 9th little one and a right little man!
  • Netherlands tour and european jaunt…which was brill…so much cheese…more info here

November

  • Premiere of Folie in Amsterdam! My name on the big screen, utterly mad, but an amazing moment that I will treasure.

December:

  • After working through out the year on writing new material for the album I was back in the studio beginning to lay down the bare bones of the tracks 😀
  • Took part in an amazing collaborative project with the Hullaballoo Community Quire down in Brighton. They had set some of my songs to music and we performed them together in a beautiful chapel, ah man, twas just lovely!

Then it was xmas, and xmas is always super special in our house, what with 5 brothers and sisters and 9 nieces and nephews you can imagine it’s a pretty hectic one 🙂

I played 28 festivals, 86 Folk Clubs, traveled 16,00 miles, and (soppy moment brewing)  I want to thank each and every promoter, committee, techy, audience member, pie maker and pizza seller that I have met along the way…you continue to make my job a pleasure 🙂

So there you have it, 2012 in a nut shell!

I’ve babbled way too much already, but in the worlds quickest run down 2013 has much in store for me already:

2nd album release  International Folk Conference in Canada, Touring again in Holland, more touring, the release of the Penguin Companion album (more details of that coming soon) and so much more, I can’t wait to see what else 2013 has to bring 🙂

For now, you take care out there, and live everyday like it’s your last.

Luce xx

Exciting news bonanaza!!

Ey Up folks,

How’s it going? Hope you are well 🙂

Well I haven’t done a blog in a while, but lots of exciting stuff has been cracking off, so I thought I better get myself into gear and let you know what has been happening. Quick warning, if you follow me on facey b or twitter you may know about some of this stuff already; but I am hoping that there will be enough extra info to keep you interested in reading my ramblings.

1: First up, touring abroad! The Netherlands

I’ll be straight up with you guys, although I was excited; my main emotion embarking on this adventure was utterly bricking it! My first tour overseas! A whole new culture and a whole new tradition (oxymoron) to contend with, would they like my music? Would they get my daft banter? As it turns out I needn’t have worried, everyone I met out there was just lovely! Each gig was so different but really special and totally memorable.

Holland is such a beautiful country, i have completely fallen in love with the place and the culture.

The world’s most awesome bike in Edam 😀

…any nation that producers such an array of chuffing awesome cheeses has got to be brilliant! Wouldn’t you agree?

I love cheese!

This was a really special moment, the highlight of the trip in fact, getting to jam with Linde Nijland and Bert Ridderbos:

For more pics from the mainland europe adventure, head here —> http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151175256933090.463523.558508089&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10151175256933090.463523.558508089&type=1

2: My debut single “For the Dead Men” has become part of the soundtrack to a new documentary film!

So, I hear you ask, how on earth has Lucy managed to bag that gig? Well, it’s all Billy Bragg’s fault! 🙂

Award winning documentary film maker Kim Hopkins (that is her full title hehe), made the critically acclaimed ‘Man In The Sand’ a documentary featuring Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Wilco Johnson, and Natalie Merchant. Tis a great film if you haven’t seen it!

Anyways, she saw on Twitter Billy Bragg’s comments about ‘For The Dead Men’…he said it was ‘Inspirational’, I still can’t get over that! 😀 Trusting Mr Bragg’s judgement Kim immediately downloaded my album…Serendipity is a crazy and marvellous thing wouldn’t you agree!

Initially Kim asked if she could use the ‘For The Dead Men’ and ‘Fairy Boy’ in her latest documentary. We met over a brew and the largest meringue you’ve ever seen, and really hit it off, many emails followed and to cut an even longer story slightly shorter, I ended up recording the sound track for the film, which comprises of original songs and some cheeky covers.

“Folie á Deux – madness made of two”, premiered in Amsterdam at the Independent Documentary Film Festival last weekend…and…well…that was a bit mental too! I played on a stage that Billie Holiday had graced! ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!! (can you tell I am still slightly excited about this hehe)

a quick vid with one of the songs from the soundtrack, some more info on the film, and pics from the premiere 🙂

3: I’ve also been writing for theatre. I loved drama at school and would defo have done theatre at uni if my gap year hadn’t become a fledgling career in folk music hehe, so this has been a wonderful chance to live some small nostalgic dream. Oddsocks are just ace, I’ve been to see lots of their productions, and in fact this is how I got involved. They were making a little promo video, interviewing audience members as they filed out of Oddsock’s Julius Caesar…I got into a conversation with one of the production crew, she asked me what I did for a living, I said musician and then Rob outed me as ‘BBC Folk Award winning’ (which I was mortally embarrassed about cos I never want to look like a diva!) and she went ‘oooo great, we’ve been thinking about getting a folk musician involved in our next project, it’s Robin Hood, would you be interested?’, I answered with ‘Hell Yeah!’ and the rest was history. Andrew Lloyd Webber eat your heart out! :p

They are on tour now, try and catch them if you can, they are truly fabulous! And I thought that before I started working with them so you know it is a true and totally unbiased opinion 😀

tour dates —>  http://www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre/tours/currenttour 

2013…

is also set to be pretty exciting…I’m gonna bullet point this section as I fear I may have prattled on! :p

• Over New Year I’m back in studio recording my second album for Navigator Records which will be produced by Stu Hanna. The as yet untitled new CD will be released Summer 2013. So watch this space homies : )

• I have been lucky enough to be selected as one of six acts to represent English Folk at the forthcoming Celtic Connections Festival. Which is mental!

• I will also be travelling up to the Lake District to Fellside Records to record the companion album to this year’s “New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs”. The other artists, appearing on this album are James Findlay, Brian Peters and, my Derbyshire compadre, Bella Hardy.

• A couple of weeks later I’m jetting off to Canada as a guest of the EFDSS to perform at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Toronto. My first time gigging across the pond…soooo excited!

So, I think that’s everything, consider yourselves fully filled in! Have a marvellous day and I shall hope to catch you at one of my gigs leading up to Christmas 🙂

Take care peeps
Luce x

NEW RECORDINGS, Xmassy treats and glitter galore

Ey up 🙂

Hope that this find you well…this week I have been mainly working, AFO’ing, Cuppola:Ward’ing, Radio Derby’ing, eating curry and just generally getting a bit excited about xmas (perhaps a little prematurely I will admit, but still, I am just very much looking forward to some time off with my family)

MASSIVE BREAKING NEWS…So then, after last week’s very scrumptious announcement I have been getting down to some work. And I can now exclusively announce that I will be recording some material over December for an official release with Navigator records in the new year. So will keep you posted and may even do a little ‘from the studio’ blog so you can see firsthand how glamorous a job being a folk musician is 😉

In other news, I had a grand gig with Cupola:Ward on Friday…in case you’ve missed me nattering about this project before…it’s me + Cupola = Cupola:Ward 🙂 We do a mix of contemporary/trad and original material…unaccompanied (accupola…get it :p) and with instrumentation. Basically I get to dance around like a nutter while singing happy stuff…it’s like being Beyonce but with more hurdy gurdy! We were at the Brewtown Folk Club in Burton, and it was absolutely packed! We just couldn’t believe it! It was a bit like being in a can of folky sardines but we had a ball and got to unleash our xmas EP.

This is my personal xmas offering, there is a special message at the end of the video. I am going to try and get the track up for download over the next week or so… will keep you posted on that one.

I also went on my local BBC Radio Daytime show on Friday, Aleena Naylor is lovely! She’s had me in to sing live on the show lots and we’ve really struck up a friendship. A smashing Derby lass she is! You can listen to the interview here (from 1hr 40 mins) —-> http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00lh6sh/Aleena_Naylor_Does_an_age_difference_matter_in_a_relationship/

Another thing on the subject of Radio…Mike Harding mentioned me on Simon Mayo this week! MENTAL! 😀 Listen here from 20mins in…and listen to the whole thing cos Mike’s joke is hilarious! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01724nq/Simon_Mayo_Drivetime_17_11_2011/

Ooo on the matter of glitter galore…I’ve ordered a golden glitter camel…what’s not to love!

Ciao for now, have a lovely week

Lucy xx

Glastonbury and 3 cheeky little collaborations :)

Ey up blog beans!

 

How the devil are you this week? Well I hope! I am tired, still not fully recovered from Glastonbury hehe. It was my 8th visit to the most wonderful festival in the world ever (just my personal opinion) and I had a cracking time! I could possibly write and epic novel about Glastonbury so here are my top ten Glastonbury 2011 factoids:

1: I have a tradition of having crazy hair for Glasto; this year I went with a turquoise/lime green/pink combo! MERMAID HAIR 😀

2: The mud was the sort of mud that tries to claim your wellies, which when you are tramping round a huge festival site for 5 days can become a little irritating…I, in my glass half full sort of manner, imagined that every time my welly got stuck it was because Glastonbury never wanted me to leave (yes being wet and cold and muddy for 5 days does effect your brain in strange ways)

3: I managed to catch both the secret acts on the park stage this year! Radiohead and Pulp! Brilliant! Radiohead were epic but Jarvis Cocker does hold a special place in my heart (check out his ‘Sunday Service’ show on BBC radio 6, cos it’s ace!). Pulp’s triumphant return to Glastonbury was nothing short of majestic, it was a pretty magic moment.

4: As always there is an endless bounty of food at Glasto, a million choices from all over the world, this years highlights were garlic bread with caramelised onions and cheese, lebanese mezze (fast becoming my fave way to dine!) and a most delectable frozen yoghurt from Yeo Valley, greek yoghurt and honey LUSH!

5: I only went to see one of the pyramid stage headliners, and that was Coldplay. I have been waiting to see them for almost 10 years, which i know sounds ridiculous but I missed them all three times they played Glastonbury and just never managed to get to any tour. Well anyway long story short, they were great! I was crying from the second song in, it was just a magical evening, it’s hard to explain if you haven’t been to glasto…but picture the scene – the sun is going down sending the sky a warm pink, there is no cloud tonight so you can see the faint outline of Glastonbury Tor in the distance. You are standing with your closest friends surrounded by thousands and thousands of like-minded and beautiful people (Glastonbury makes people beautiful, if only for those 5 days), one of your favourite bands takes the stage [insert any band you wish] and they sing, and you sing, and everyone around you sings ‘Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you’

6: Most exemplary performance of the weekend had to go to Bright Eyes! Conor Oberst is an epic songwriter and musician anyway but his performance was utterly flawless. He hates this reference but for those of you who haven’t come across him, he’s this generations Bob Dylan…Conor Oberst teaches me everything I need to know about life.

7: There are always silly phrases that get coined at Glasto base camps, this year we had a few ones of note…’Living the bread’  a term for having a wicked time, also there was ‘Sparlay’ a derivative of sparkly which was used not only to describe things that were glittery but also attractive people lol.

8: On Friday night I went on my own down to the spirit of 71 stage to watch Melanie…she was fantastic, she’s really still got it and her voice sounded great, accompanied only by her son it was just great to see such a legend perform. The best thing she said all night was ‘I don’t think this should be called the spirit of 71 stage, I think it should be called the spirit of humanity’…now that is what glasto is about!

9: Despite having been to Glasto loads this was the first year that I drove, and man was driving home hard work! Thanks Dad for all those years you drove!

10: Glastonbury is my spiritual home. FACT. I grew up going to that wonderful place and I know it has shaped me, long may it reign! and long may I be frequenting its fields in a fairy costume 😀

 

So that was glasto dudes! So I’m guessing you want to know about the cheeky collaborations now…no? well I’m gonna tell you anyway hehe

On the thursday of Glasto my great friends David Gibb and the Pony Club played the bandstand, I went along to support them and they invited me up on stage to sing ‘Gospel of the Sun’ with them! Twas amazing! I was jumping up and down like a mentalist…cracking moment!

The second collaboration is a project that has been sitting on the back of the aga for a while but is finally starting to come to the boil. Cupola:Ward is, well, exactly what it says on the tin! Cupola and me! You can check out their music here

http://www.myspace.com/cupolafolk/music

I am guessing that if you are reading this blog you know what I sound like lol. And here is a little video of our first ever outing back in February 🙂

Anywho things at Cupola:Ward HQ are hotting up and we have gigs coming up and an EP heading your way so keep your eyes peeeeeled

 

The third and final collaboration was with the fanatstically talented Anna Esslemont! She is just a legend anyway, I met here last year on tour with O’Hooley and Tidow and we bonded over crazy footwear! Anyway, we both accompanied John Jones of Oysterband on his walking tour a couple of months ago. We were trying to think of every song we could that mentioned walking…this was one of them…and John made us do it on stage…crazy daisies

 

Right then i’ve rambled on plenty enough!

 

Have a great weekend! xxxxxxx