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Award winning Somerset folk songwriter and singer Ange Hardy
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2015 Horizon Nominee
Album of the Year 2014 - FATEA
Female Vocalist of the Year 2013 - FATEA
#1 Hottest New Folk Albums - Amazon
Folk Downloads Chart Top 10 - Amazon
Best Album of 2014 - FolkScene
Best Album of 2014 - Stafford FM Folk Show
Best Albums List of 2014 - Shire Folk
Best Albums List of 2014 - Brian Player, Readifolk
Best Albums List of 2014 - Mike Ainscoe, Sonic Bandwagon
Best Album (Female Artist) of 2014 Nomination - FolkWords
Best Albums List of 2014 - Steve Clarke, Cullin FM
The Telegraph's Best Folk Albums of 2014 list
UK Songwriting Competition Finalist
Isambard Nu-Folk Award Finalist -Bristol Folk Festival
Fave Rave of 2014 - BBC Scotland, Iain Anderson
Album of the Month - FolkWords, June 2014
Album of the Week - BBC Radio Scotland, Iain Anderson
Album of the week - BBC Somerset , Emma Britton
“Ange Hardy perfectly balances the strengths of traditional folk music with fresh writing...There is not a weak track among the 14 on Somerset singer-songwriter Ange Hardy's album The Lament of the Black Sheep”
- Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
“Another album that’s made an impact this year is ‘The Lament of the Black Sheep’ by Ange Hardy. Everybody in the studio was genuinely surprised to learn this new single was her own song, because it sounds like a song that’s been around for a hundred years or more. It’s a really neat trick to write songs that sound almost traditional!”
- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
The Lament of The Black Sheep is "A collection of her own songs which sound as if they might be traditional. These are proper folk songs...a fine album immersed in the tradition, but with a modem perspective"
- Ian Croft, R2 magazine
Bare Foot Folk is “A collection of unfailingly listenable, self-penned acoustic songs. Amongst this charming assortment of melodies we are treated to highly catchy tunes, some nods to ancient times as well as choice references to the present day.”
- R2 Magazine (Rock'n'Reel)
"An album that marks the arrival of a new star in the folk firmament."
- Americana UK
Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.
Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” and since then Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK. She released her third studio album ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ to a packed theatre audience in September 2014.
The album went on to receive international acclaim and was one of only three folk albums last year to be awarded 5-stars by The Telegraph. Bringing the story full circle it was this month awarded FATEA’s most prestigious award of all, Album of the Year, in the same week that Mike Harding referred to Ange Hardy as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of the last couple of years”.
Each of Ange’s last three CD’s have been played on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show over the past 12 months, and the list of accolades and awards listed on her website from the past year is truly staggering.
Ange has received widespread global radio coverage, with particular focus on stations in the UK, USA, The Netherlands, Australia and Canada.
Whether she’s performing in a sold out theatre or an intimate village hall Ange brings a level of honesty and openness to the stage that is a refreshing as it is disarming. Her focus on vocal harmony and her pitch-perfect vocal talent has led her toward adopting a live-looping pedal; a digital tape-recorder at her feet that allows her to record and play back layers of vocal harmony live from the stage. In doing so she brings her talent as a recording artist to a live performance, adding an extra dimension to an already captivating stage presence.
Ange has been joined by folk legends that span the generations of the folk revival, with artist including Nic Jones (Penguin Eggs) and Luke Jackson (Fumes & Faith) joining her for her songs on stage, and Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner James Findlay accompanying Ange on her latest CD.
Where ‘Bare Foot Folk’ was about stripping everything back to it’s roots “The Lament of The Black Sheep’ was about exploring the surrounding soil. Her 2014 Christmas single, The Little Holly Tree, builds on the unrivalled reputation she has rapidly built for writing contemporary songs that sound as though they are in fact deeply traditional.
In 2015 Ange will be focussing her efforts on researching, writing and performing a new body of musical work based on the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge for a new tour and album.