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It’s been a breakthrough year for Somerset singer-songwriter Ange Hardy. Folk broadcaster Mike Harding referred to Ange as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of recent years” and Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 recently applauded Lukas Drinkwater as “the hardest working musician of Glastonbury Festival”.
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater formed as a duo in December 2015. Since then they have been stunning audiences at gigs and festivals around the country, picking up comments like "surely one of the best duos on the Folk Circuit" (Pete Wheeler, The David Hall). Their new album Findings represents the new performances and songs that they have been honing throughout the year.
The album was launched worldwide during a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on September 14th 2016.
Findings are the parts used to join jewellery components together to create something beautiful; this album is about bringing together two musicians to create something neither could have created alone. In addition the album also contains their own findings in the form of traditional songs that they’ve rearranged as well as lines from traditional material interwoven into their own songs.
This is an album about the traditions of the local area. It’s about daughters and their homelands, wives and their husbands, sisters and their brothers, children and their parents, fathers and their grandfathers, mothers and their families, parting and joining.
In February 2016 Ange was awarded an EFDSS Creative Artists Bursary (‘Songs from Today’ along with Lukas Drinkwater and Steve Pledger). During that week at Cecil Sharp House several of these songs were written, the rest took shape during rehearsals and gigs.
Ange, a relative newcomer to the folk scene only releasing Bare Foot Folk in 2013, has racked up an impressive array of awards in a very short space of time. She was nominated at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and has won three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015).
You probably have more of Lukas Drinkwater in your CD collection than you think you do. He appears on 3 Daft Monkeys - Of Stones & Bones, Lucy Ward - I Dreamt I Was a Bird, Sam Kelly - The Lost Boys, Kitty MacFarlane - Tide & Time and well over fifty other recordings (including Ange Hardy’s last two releases Esteesee and The Lament of The Black Sheep). You might also have seen Lukas Drinkwater performing with an array of artists including Emily Barker, Tobias Ben Jacob, Jim Causley, Tankus the Henge, The Little Unsaid and many more. He’s undeniably one of the hardest working musicians on the circuit.
Despite his prolific musicality this is the first time that Lukas Drinkwater has stepped fully forward into the spotlight as a writer, arranger and producer of songs in his own right.
Findings also features guest vocals from Kathryn Roberts and Nancy Kerr (two of Ange’s biggest inspirations on the folk scene) along with fiddle from Ciaran Algar, accordion from Archie Churchill-Moss and percussion from Evan Carson. Steve Pledger (who co-wrote “Far Away From Land” with Ange & Lukas during the EFDSS Residential) also provides backing vocals.
“A quality duo. There’s frankly so much to admire, but the main thing is it sounds beautiful!” - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Two of this generations most in-demand performers” - FATEA Magazine
“Findings is complex yet simple, passionate, powerful and ultimately the real deal” - Mike Harding
"Brilliant. and, Compelling. One of the best acts to pass through the portals at the Globe." - Jamie Knowles
"Greater than the sum of their parts" - Rick Stuart
"Ange's voice has never sounded better and the musical interplay between herself and Lukas was truly magical. Stardom beckons. A really great gig which I am keen to repeat. I cannot wait for the new album as I am certain it will be something really special. Surely one of the best duos on the Folk Circuit." - Pete Wheeler at The David Hall
"The Trees they do Grow High was simply wonderful with Lukas’ subtly elegant guitar arpeggios and Ange’s unaccompanied She Moves Through the Fair sent shivers down the spine" - Folk Radio uK
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