“She performs with a warmth that is both disarming and inspirational. Her songs of life and the countryside feel traditional, and she augments voice and guitar with very effective use of a loop pedal to add harmonies or extra instruments. It is a great feat of perfect timing.”
- R2 Magazine, January 2015
Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.
Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” and since then Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK. She released her third studio album ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ to a packed theatre audience in September 2014.
The album went on to receive international acclaim and was one of only three folk albums last year to be awarded 5-stars by The Telegraph. Bringing the story full circle it was this month awarded FATEA’s most prestigious award of all, Album of the Year, in the same week that Mike Harding referred to Ange Hardy as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of the last couple of years”.
Each of Ange’s last three CD’s have been played on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show over the past 12 months, and the list of accolades and awards listed on her website from the past year is truly staggering.
Ange has received widespread global radio coverage, with particular focus on stations in the UK, USA, The Netherlands, Australia and Canada.
Whether she’s performing in a sold out theatre or an intimate village hall Ange brings a level of honesty and openness to the stage that is a refreshing as it is disarming. Her focus on vocal harmony and her pitch-perfect vocal talent has led her toward adopting a live-looping pedal; a digital tape-recorder at her feet that allows her to record and play back layers of vocal harmony live from the stage. In doing so she brings her talent as a recording artist to a live performance, adding an extra dimension to an already captivating stage presence.
Ange has been joined by folk legends that span the generations of the folk revival, with artist including Nic Jones (Penguin Eggs) and Luke Jackson (Fumes & Faith) joining her for her songs on stage, and Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner James Findlay accompanying Ange on her latest CD.
Where ‘Bare Foot Folk’ was about stripping everything back to it’s roots “The Lament of The Black Sheep’ was about exploring the surrounding soil. Her 2014 Christmas single, The Little Holly Tree, builds on the unrivalled reputation she has rapidly built for writing contemporary songs that sound as though they are in fact deeply traditional.
In 2015 Ange will be focussing her efforts on researching, writing and performing a new body of musical work based on the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge for a new tour and album.