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Award winning Somerset folk songwriter and singer Ange Hardy

  • Winner of Female Vocalist of the Year 2013 Award, Fatea Magazine.
  • Isambard Nu-Folk Award Finalist 2011, Bristol Folk Festival
  • New Folk Competition Finalist, Warwick Folk Festival
  • BBC Somerset Album of the week (for both "Bare Foot Folk" and "Windmills and Wishes")

“Bare Foot Folk is an excellent album”
     - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio2 Folk Show

"Now an album which has grown on me the more and more I listen to it is Bare Foot Folk from Ange Hardy. She lives down in the west country, writes all her own stuff, but they do sound as though they've come straight out of the soil of Devon and Somerset, I really like them.

...It'll be interesting to see when Ange does another album whether she carries on writing stuff which is very very rootsy and very very folky, I do like her stuff"
    - The Mike Harding Folk Show

“A collection of unfailingly listenable, self-penned acoustic songs. Amongst this charming assortment of melodies we are treated to highly catchy tunes, some nods to ancient times as well as choice references to the present day.”
     - R2 Magazine (Rock'n'Reel) ****

"I cannot find fault with her songs at all, they had me gripped to my seat, hanging on to every word."

Maverick Magazine

"Simply beautiful. My 'album of the week'." 
BBC Somerset

"Ange’s sound itself is sweet, that is the only real word for it. Sweet as in pleasant to hear and leaves you wanting to have just one more. The album is all her work so the extra voice dubbing is a good addition as it gives her already strong voice an extra magical hold over the listeners."
Bright Young Folk

"If I were putting the album of the year show together today, this would be it.... watch out for Ange Hardy... she's bursting onto the scene fully formed" 
Readifolk Radio

Ange Hardy is from Somerset and has been a songwriter from the age of 14 when she first picked up a guitar on the streets of Ireland. She is completely self taught and has always used her writing as a way of channeling the intense life she has led.

A few more rocky years separated her from her music and then she had her first baby at 19, Amy. Amy was a new start for Ange, she left the destruction behind her, moved into a little house on her own, and poured herself into motherhood and once again... her writing.

When Ange was in her early 20's she started playing around the open mic scene in Taunton Somerset and it soon became apparent to her and those around her that her musical career had very much started. Using the next few years to home in on her vocals and performance she continued to write and home record until she had material for her debut studio album: "Windmills and Wishes", a true autobiographical outworking of her life.

Ange went on to marry Rob when she was 25 and have her second child Luke at the age of 27. She subsequently moved to her family home near Watchet in Somerset. In the following few years Ange focused on her family and rooted her music to a genre, the only genre it could possibly be: Folk.

Ange wrote a new 14 track folk album 'Bare Foot Folk' and in this album Ange shows her true songwriting skills as she, though still drawing from her own life, manages to write classic, traditional and contemporary folk songs telling stories that outstretch her own life by 100's of years.

Ange is currently touring Somerset and planning nationwide tours for 2014/2015. She performs as a solo act, showcasing her delicate guitar work and stunning voice, she layers her vocals in a contemporary twist using a "live looping machine" which allows her to record and instantly play back layers of vocals from the stage resulting in the same warm depth of harmony that she achieves on her studio album.

Ange takes you deep into the songs and the stories behind the songs, and her testimony becomes the heart of her performance.

Ange continues to write at her kitchen table, she has almost completed two more albums - with a view to release a new folk album in 2014, "Lament of the Black Sheep".