Bella Hardy's latest album With The Dawn her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014 isn't just the latest collection of songs from this prolific and ingenious artist. The album is an account of one year of her life. Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.
With The Dawn is a more intimate and reflective album than before. Working with producer Ben Seal, the arrangements are more instinctive, more reactive, as befits the mind-set that informed the lyrics. Vivid brass gives way to lonesome piano; choral voices peal; banjos emerge out of beats and blips. Elements of the initial demos, sometimes recorded into a phone as the thoughts occurred, have been kept. Whatever instrument was nearest to hand was grabbed and deployed whenever and wherever (even on one occasion in the bath) giving With The Dawn its striking immediacy.
Thu 26 Oct
Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker.
Wed 24 May
Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'
Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed. said The Guardian. Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as One of the top albums of 2016..
And during all this time, Stu even managed to be involved with other artists producing & recording award winning music for SHOW OF HANDS, KELLY OLIVER, LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, SAM KELLY & THE YOUNG'UNS.
Fri 10 Nov
The history of British social housing can be traced on this walk through Bethnal Green, from fine examples of the work of the Victorian philanthropic housing movement to 20th century council housing, taking in the grandeur of the pivotal Boundary Street Estate (LCC) and works by two leading modernists – Lasdun and Lubetkin – working for a borough council that was radical in both its politics and its choice of architects. The buildings and their configurations illustrate the changing visions of architects and planners for new, better ways of living in our cities.
Sun 2 Apr
Free Easter choral concert O Magnum Mysterium is Lumen's second concert and features a programme which explores the ancient and modern choral music that uncovers the emotions and mysteries of Easter. Music will include Allegri's Miserere as well as music by Tavener, Tallis, Willan and Lauridsen. Free. Praise for Healing Light: Music for Advent: - "Absolutely beautiful, and a great programme…thank you" "We stumbled across your concert last weekend and thought it was fantastic. We've been to a number of choral concerts recently but yours really stood out" "I had goosebumps all the way through, it was just so atmospheric. In Lumen Benjamin really has created something very special"
Sat 22 Apr
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