The Flown Tour : Part The Third

Ey Up 🙂

Well how’s it going? I am having a great week,  things are going good and I am feeling very productive. In fact, I would go as far to say that I’m on a roll! My ability to get work done however, is directly linked my spring tour coming to an end…booo 😦

But hey, what an awesome two months it’s been; it has been proper cathartic to get back out on the road and just play! I’ve had a chance to play loads of songs from the new record (more news on that soon!), I’ve done a couple of gigs with my lovely band and I’ve also frequented some right lush venues. So all in all, a very special send off for Adelphi, so here it is,   Part 1 of the final round up from The Flown Tour:

This is gonna be well pic heavy cos…well just cos 🙂

Well I headed off to Seaton, Devon for a return visit to the lovely Jurassic Folk. A cracking event hosted in a night club…the most exciting thing about it being in a night club is that there is a pole dancing podium in the middle of the room! Not many folk clubs can boast that now can they! I was tempted to have a go, but I decided that I really couldn’t afford to break any limbs so that was the end of that :p

I’ve gotta show you these…they belong to Hilary, the lovely hostess from jurassic folk. The pink laces just make them, don’t you agree?

Woo Dr Martens!

Woo Dr Martens!

After that gig I was up at the crack of dawn and on the road for 6am to get myself over to cambridge for a day in the studio with Stu and Sam laying the bass down. I was cream crackered, mornings are not my cup of tea! On route we did pass Stone Henge, however from the road it looks distinctly less impressive and strikingly more like the ickle spinal tap version which did make me smile at early o’clock 😀

The day in the studio was great, although I will admit I was a little sleepy at times and had to eat A LOT of malted milks to maintain focus! Sam played amazingly, I’ve known him for 19 years and the dude is just a bass master! Much like the guys in the video below!

…Sam is also a moog whisperer

Moog getting involved :)

Moog getting involved 🙂

Next on the touring schedule was Bothy Folk Club in Southport. My first time at this proper club full of fantastic resident singers and a very friendly audience! It’s completely acoustic and so given the opportunity to not be stuck to a microphone I was having a right boogie on stage…I made a joke about being like beyonce…worrying, I know :p however it seem to fly over the heads of the most traddie in attendance

Hehe, I wish I could move like that…my standard dance moves are much more akin to an octopus trying to put on a jumper 😀 Anyways, Fatea Magazine came and reviewed the evening…you can find it by heading to their website and clicking on ‘live’ 🙂

A few days past and I was flung back into the studio, working with the beautiful soul that is Joy Gravestock. Oh man, it was such an awesome day, it was the beginning of all the grand plans falling into place. I just sat and listened 🙂

Joy

Joy

Busy day alert! 2 festivals in a day! although I have been known to do 3 😉

First up the utterly scrumptious and brand-spanking-new Derbyshire festival ‘Hairpin Hullabaloo‘. I was playing there  with Mills and Chimneys, but the main reason I just have to give this a mention is because this festival was run by my very good friend David Gibb of David Gibb and Elly Lucas with help from ‘Mills…’ compadre Julian Butt and they did a smashing job! 2 days of great folk music including Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Pilgrims Way, Greg Russell and more. Here’s to the brilliant hullabaloo long may it reign! 🙂

How gorgeous is this stage?!

How gorgeous is this stage?!

BEAUTIFUL VENUE ALERT!!! Pot Belly Folk Festival at Kettering Arts Centre is a relatively new venture too, this was their 5th folk festival and what a special day it was (I was there for the evening only but I was told the day was just as mighty!). Held in a church this place had a real magic atmosphere to it…proper spinetingling stuff! And I was headlining…headlining…a festival…totally cool 🙂 we did have a few technical hitches but once we got going  all was well. I managed to catch the lovely Hadrian’s Union and Jez Hellard, whom I had never seen before but was totally ace!

Jez Hellard rocking out!

Jez Hellard rocking out!

Just three more stops on the solo dates then I shall leave you in peace for today 🙂

Record Store Day was on the 20th of April and I headed down to ‘David’s‘ in Letchworth for a cheeky stint in their beautiful shop which sells not only records but books/instruments/cake and everything else that is good in the world! I spent lots! Or Rob did, I wasn’t carrying cash 😉

The 1963 production for Radio 4 of The Hobbit = GEEK HAPPINESS!!!!

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

The lushly (yes I did make that word up) Dunton Folk is pretty brand new, they started at the back end of 2012 and are really passionate about supporting acoustic music and putting on a fantastic programme of gigs. Also in a church, the venue is just gorgeous, in fact as we drove into the village we could see the church, sun blazing down, flower beds all in bloom it just looked like something out of a water colour ya know 🙂 My old friend Kate Denny (formerly of The Kittiwakes) did a beautiful support set. Awesome arrangements, accompanied by Charlie Skelton…ah it was just so up my street, lots of death, misery and crunchy harmony!

The very last date on the tour was at a launch event for Beverley Festival and I was sandwiched in between 2 lovely gents. T.E Morris who was new to me, but boy has he got passion! And headlining that evening was Steve Tilston. Supporting Steve was my first ever paid gig and it always feels great to play on a bill with him. The man is just such a beautiful songwriter!

Also at this gig there was caravan in the backstage area! Awesomesauce!

Indoor caravanning for the win!

Indoor caravanning for the win!

Right then, that really is enough for today 🙂 But check back tomozipan for the part 2 of this blog where I will be rambling about

  • The recent Lucy Ward Band gigs
  • Top 5 Tour Stats
  • FESTIVAL SEASON!!!
  • The forthcoming new album

Ciao peeps, hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

Luce xx

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Tomozipan’s tomozipan! Part 1 photoshoots

Eh Up mon petit filous’

Hows it going?

Those eagle eyed amongst you may have infact noticed that the Blog Monday I so enthusiastically promised did not appear. Combine a day of workshopping followed by two meetings and a tempremental modem and voila! You have a broken promise…but never fear as I have a cunning plan

Blog Tuesday :p

or as I like to call it Tomozipan’s Tomozipan (Tomorrow’s tomorrow for those of you not at one with the language of Miranda Hart). As an extra apology for my lack of Blog Modayness, please enjoy yet another picture of me being daft!

This pic was taken in Irregular Choice, Brighton. There are only 3 of these stores in the whole world. I am pulling my I am so happy I could eat this shoe face

So then, time seems to be hurtling by me at a rather alarming rate at the moment (did you know it’s nearly February already?) but tis all good stuff…here’s one of the more exciting things that has gone down 🙂

PHOTOSHOOT GOODNESS

Knowing I needed some new promo shots for 2012 combined with images for the single artwork. I turned to my beautiful friend and musical compadre the excruciatingly talented Elly Lucas.

Factoid: Me and Elly met through a lonely hearts ad-ish. When I got into the Young Folk Award my local paper ran a little article about it, Elly saw the article about a fellow young folkie, found me on myspace and asked if I fancied meeting up for a jam some time. I was bricking it! Jamming was something proper musicians did! 😀 Anyways, the rest is history…if you haven’t seen them before you should defo check out her duo ‘David Gibb and Elly Lucas’, they are ace

 

 

I’m blummin brilliant on cocnuts aren’t I :s

Lol anyways, Elly has done all my photos for yonks (being mates with a professional photographer is great! You get to plan your shoots over endless cups of tea, iced lebkuchen whilst listening to Will Smith :p )

The morning started with meeting the lovely jubbly Rebecca Yeates http://www.rebeccayeates.co.uk/home.html who kindly agreed to come along and sort hair and make-up for me. u know what, reminiscing about this is lovely, photoshoots are so great, you get to be supermodel for half a day!! 😀

So anyways, fully briefed up, Rebecca sorted my mug out, did my hair, helped me into the dress my gorgeous mum made me for the shoot. We did the ‘For The Dead Men’ shots first. The odd thing about shoots is it takes hours to get ready then you are only infront of the camera for 20 mins max… 🙂

This was my view of the table of treats whilst getting ready…those mince pies were lush! I ate about 5 through the course of the day…whoops! 😉

Elly taking a photo of me taking a phot of Elly

The finished single artwork (the design was also done by Miss Lucas)

We then embarked on the promo shots, and seeing as these end up on all your tour flyers etc I wanted these to be really fun and brightly coloured – although I guess when your hair is blue you end up with brighly coloured flyers whether you want them or not :p . Me and Elly had an idea based around mother nature, we wanted something that was striking and we drew a doodle of mother nature with her hair intertwined with the braches of a tree…like she was growing out of it, or it was growing out of her…we fell in love with the idea…and then had the task of how the flip are we gonna make little old me look like our elaborate doodle.

Luckily, I love crazy hair, so having an excuse to buy mountains of gothic hair extensions was not a problem! 😀

The problem was getting hold of them, they arrived the day of the shoot as Rebecca was applyining my make up…PHEW! :S

But anyways, after Rebeacca laboured for yonks to get my face right (we gave here quite a brief brief so that she could just experiement with what she thought would look cool) it was time to venture outside…trouble was…IT WAS CHUFFIN FREEZING!

LITERALLY

FREEZING

In fact I think we checked and it was something like 6 Degrees, cor blimey, I had goosebumps from here to the moon! As you’ll see from the photo’s,I wasn’t really in proper attire to combat such tempretures, but none the less me, Elly and Rebecca grinned, bared it and hoped for some really cool pictures 😀

Posing for photos whilst tied to a tree was quite an interesting experience I can tell you. There were a few moments where i’d be leaning forward, posing, leaning forward to get into the light, posing, leaning forward, ahhh losing my balance, ahhhhh, im attached to this tree by my hair, MUST NOT FALL OVER, balance regained, sweet! 😀

I’m well chuffed with the results, hope you like them too 🙂 

Part 2 of Tomzipan’s tomozipan is brewing, ands I will be whacking it up later this evening with a link to where you can buy limited edition copies of ‘For The Dead Men’ should you want them.

Ciao for now

Luce 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