Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater In Concert Preview
Published on: 30 Sep 2016
Downend Folk Club welcome back some familiar faces for their October event.
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater have both graced the stage at Frenchay Village Hall before, but not together! Ange was one of the club’s very first guests back in June 2014 when she performed solo, while Lukas was at the club at the beginning of the year, as part of his other duo with Tobias ben Jacob.
But this time, fresh from a live set on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, they’re back as a pair, as they tour their brand-new album ‘Findings’.
Since she burst onto the scene in 2013 Ange Hardy has racked up an impressive array of awards including a nomination at last year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015).
The duo perform live with a staggering array of ever-changing instruments and equipment: a 27-string harp, 4 different guitars, a double bass, an array of traditional whistles, an Indian shruti box, two loop pedals, a stomp box and anything else they've decided to bring with them to keep their sound engineer on his toes. It’s Ange’s innovative and spellbinding use of loop pedals to build layers of vocal harmony live from the stage that have gained her the most attention as a live performer - the dexterity of timing and skill required to harmonise with herself is almost as impressive as her ability to seemingly never perform the same set list twice.
‘Findings’ are the parts used to join jewellery components together to create something beautiful; this new album is about bringing together two musicians to create something even greater than the sum of their parts. The duo’s material 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.
Lukas Drinkwater has previously been seen performing in a duo with regular BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Jim Causley, as one half of Jacob and Drinkwater, with European festival favourites Tankus the Henge and 3 Daft Monkeys, playing Jazz percussion for Lisa Marini, performing with The Little Unsaid and recording countless sessions with esteemed funk & soul producer Lack of Afro. Lauren Laverne recently called him “the hardest working musician of Glastonbury Festival” on BBC Radio 6.
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 this new tour with Lukas Drinkwater seems certain to cement their position as two of this generation's greatest performers. There are songs and music here that span generations – so come along and see them live!
The evening’s entertainment will be kicked off by another long-time friend of the club.
Mike Weaver last performed back in October 2014, when he opened for the Jennifer Crook Trio, and the club are thrilled to welcome back the Worcestershire-based singer-songwriter, whose latest album ‘The Others’ was released late last year to great reviews.
The concert will be held on Friday 21st October at Frenchay Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start, and there will be a full bar, serving Hambrook-based Great Western Brewing Co. real ales, Severn Cider, a selection of wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/tankard/mug as part of the club’s drive to cut down on waste. There will also be a raffle featuring some great prizes including CDs, beer and more.
Tickets are available from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop and online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. They are priced at £14 each, but if you buy before Friday 14th October they’ll cost you just £12 as part of the ‘Early Bird’ scheme. Members tickets are a bargain £10 each and are available direct from Ant Miles or from the Members Only area of the club’s website.
For more information, please visit www.downendfolkclub.co.uk, or find the club on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.