Lady Maisery


Lady Maisery

in concert at Downend Folk Club (support from Ashland), Friday November 18, Christ Church Downend.


Back when Downend Folk Club launched in April 2014, chairman Ant Miles was interviewed about the club on a local radio station. Amongst the questions that day was, “Who is that one act that you really want to get to perform at the club?”. Ant answered empahtically and without hesitation: “Lady Maisery”.

And the long-awaited day is finally here. The multi-award winning trio will grace the stage at Christ Church Downend for the club’s November event as they tour their brand-new album, ‘Cycle’.

In an English folk scene bursting with bold and innovative folk music, this vocal trio shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful and striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery's distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality. Each also an accomplished instrumentalist, many songs are expertly accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowan’s fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s accordion and foot percussion.

Since the release of their debut album in 2011, ‘Weave and Spin’ (named Album of the Week by the Independent newspaper), Lady Maisery have attracted substantial attention, including being nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and regularly appearing live on national radio. Their second album ‘Mayday’ (2013), a darker and more politically coloured record, cemented their growing reputation as a truly unique band on the English folk scene, with five star reviews .Lady Maisery’s members are all highly respected performers in their own right: Hannah James is currently touring her first solo show ‘Jigdoll’ and also plays in folk legend Maddy Prior’s trio ‘3 for Joy’; Rowan Rheingans is half of the critically acclaimed duo The Rheingans Sisters and also plays with BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band; and Hazel Askew is well known as a musician and singer in award winning duo Askew Sisters and the early music group The Artisans. All three are also key members of the English/Scottish supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ whose debut album pushed them straight into the indie album charts top 20 in January .

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Midlands-based duo Ashland, a Midlands based acoustic, folk and roots duo with Kathryn Marsh on vocals and David Sutherland on guitar/vocals.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with the music starting around 8.00pm. There will be a full bar, serving locally-brewed GWB real ale as well as wine, cider, soft drinks and tea and coffee. Tickets are priced at £14 each, but you can get them for £12 each up until a week before the event as part of the club’s ‘Early Bird’ ticket scheme. Tickets are available from Mealnie’s Kitchen in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop and online from Members tickets are £10 each… see the website for further details.

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