Ange Hardy Live at 'The Tree House Bookshop' ~ Warwickshire

Monday 22nd September 2014 from 19:30

An intimate set to a limited audience in the Tree House Bookshop just a few weeks after the official release of 'The Lament of The Black Sheep'.

Somerset folk singer, songwriter, recording artist and rising star Ange Hardy is set to release her third studio album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” in September 2014 her first studio release since being awarded “Female Vocalist of the Year” from FATEA Magazine in January 2014.

“The Lament of The Black Sheep” has already been met with tremendous reception from critics and folk broadcasters. It was awarded 5-stars by The Telegraph which immediately secured a place at the top of their “Best Folk Albums of 2014” list, it was Iain Anderson's “Album of The Week” on BBC Radio Scotland, and it's already received airplay from dozens of local, national, and international radio shows including Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 and Mike Harding on The Mike Harding Folk Show.

This new album is deeply based on Ange's personal experience and her West Country farming heritage. There are tales of running away, of murders and hauntings, the pride of working the land, partings, poaching, false lovers, lost travellers and of beautiful but dozy young girls. Increasingly reviewers, broadcasters and fans are picking up on Ange's unique ability to craft new songs that sound deeply traditional. Tamsin Rosewell of Radio Warwickshire summed it up perfectly:

 “To just describe Ange Hardy as a traditional folk singer would be to over-look something much more important. I would not say that her work is about preserving folk traditions as much as about acknowledging our debt to them, but then allowing them to do what folk stories, songs and ballads have always done – to change, to absorb additions and to remain alive. Folk music should be just what this album is: a chattering, fast-flowing river with tributaries, small brooks to paddle in, crashing waterfalls and rocky beaches that gape at the wide, wide sea. For those who want to fence it off and preserve it, it will become only a stagnant pool.”

Ange Hardy performs live as a solo act but her mesmerising combination of beautiful story telling and delicate guitar work is given a contemporary twist through her exceptional use of 'live looping' to build vocal harmonies. Ange stands with a digital tape recorder at her feet that allows her to record and instantly play-back what she is singing. The effortlessness with which she builds layers of perfect harmonies in front of your eyes, combined with her honest and heartfelt insight into the stories and inspirations behind her songs, is absolutely captivating.

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