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Ange Hardy / Blog

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends, fans and folky family!


You may have already received a copy of my new Christmas single through the post; however if you didn't then here's a free download link for you:


If you want to listen online I've just created a Bandcamp page which should let you do just that:


I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a new year full of blessings :)

Ange x Looking back at 2015

I've just sat down with Rob to reflect on the year... it's been ridiculous how much has happened in the past 12 months, so I thought it might nice just to recap on the year because very few of these things would have happened without the support of friends, fans and family like yourselves:

I won the FATEA Album of the Year Was nominated at, and attended, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Learned to play the harp Played Cambridge Folk Festival; in both the club tent and on stage 2 Got paid to play in Sark and treated like absolute royalty Smallish human basically turned into a teenager (and she's still talking to us!) Was awarded more than £10k in National Lottery funding through Arts Council England Received an EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) Bursary Undertook an academic study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Sat on the patio in Parliament with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan drinking Gin and Tonic Wrote, recorded and released a new album that features two of my heroes; Patsy Reid and Steve Knightley Got a booking agent Husband face (Rob) dropped down to part time hours so I could actially call myself a professional musician Had two national UK tours Brought our first tour van! Smallest human started school and loves it! Took both children to several music festivals The children (and my parents) survived all the tours Got three (!) songs into the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest Attended an EFDSS Songwriting Residential (on my own!) Brought several new whistles and two new guitars and didn't feel guilty about it Watched Joan Baez perform from backstage (and cried) I'm on the new Show of Hands album ... I'm also on the new Kim Lowings album! ... and the new Steve Pledger album! I totally met Boff from Chumbawamba! Met Mike Harding ... and Kathryn Roberts... and Sean Lakeman... ... and Sam Lakeman... and Cara Dillon... ... and all three of the Young'uns ... actually... I've basically met a lot of lovely, beautiful and wonderful people this year! Had coffee at Bob Harris's house Got a new kitten! Was made Patron of the Blazing Stump Folk Club Survived 14 consecutive gigs in October Formed a new duo with Lukas Drinkwater Started writing another album Wrote and released a Christmas single ... I'm sure I've missed things. But, yeah. What a crazy year it's been!!

Please do stay in touch :)

Ange x

Now performing as a duo: Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater

It’s been less than 2 months since the official release of Ange Hardy’s latest album ‘Esteesee’ but folk audiences and reviewers have already been asking the difficult question: where does Ange Hardy go from here?

Since she burst onto the folk scene in 2013 with her stripped back album ‘Bare Foot Folk’ Ange Hardy has continued to release a 14-track album every year. The 2014 release of ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ led to Ange being nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards which provided the platform for writing and releasing ‘Esteesee‘ in 2014.

The ‘Along the Coleridge Way’ tour which accompanied the release of Esteesee saw Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater performing live as duo for the first time, and the unanimous feedback night after night was that the two are exceptional musicians but that together they form a jaw dropping duo greater than the sum of its parts.

For those unfamiliar with the musical genius of Lukas, he has been labelled as one of the hardest working session musicians on the folk circuit. The last few years have seen him performing in a duo with regular BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Jim Causley, as one half of a duo with Tobias ben Jacob, 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. Twice last year he performed live on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and on top of that he’s found time to play as a session musician for Lucy Ward, Sam Kelly, Hollie Rogers and many more - not to mention performing on Ange Hardy’s last two albums and at their respective album launches.

And so:

We’re delighted to officially announce that “Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater” have formed a duo and are touring together in 2015/16. A new duo album is being written and will be released as part of a high-profile national tour in October 2016.

The duo line-up consists of Ange Hardy on vocals, harp, guitar, low whistle, shruti, drum and continuing to use her loop pedals, Lukas will be on double bass, guitar and vocals.

For booking enquiries please contact Ant Miles at Fancourt Music (ant.miles@fancourtmusic.co.uk, for all other enquiries email Ange (ange@angehardy.com).

- Story Records Limited

Out NOW : Esteesee

"a definite five-star rating, no question" - Tim Carroll, FolkWords

"she has created a masterpiece" - Reviewer: PTMQ (Phil The Music Quill)

"perfectly played and produced by one of the finest folk voices... a remarkable record" - Boff Whalley, R2 Magazine

"one of the great traditional folk albums of the 21st century." - Andy Barnes, Sonic Bandwagon

Ange Hardy's last work was without doubt outstanding, this release is a masterpiece. Not many people have the gift that she has, a lot of people work hard to attain it, I know she works very hard but her genius shines through and lifts her above the rest, like Rembrandt, Mozart, Burns and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is not a throw away statement, I truly believe that within the next few years her name will be amongst the greats. - Stevie Connor , CEO Blues & Roots Radio

"this is without question one of the folk albums of the year." - Reviewer: Mike Davies, Roots and Branches

"One of the most original and notable albums of 2015" - Danny Farragher, FolkAll

"Esteesee will doubtless also prove every bit as addictive as the opium and laudanum on which Coleridge himself dosed." - David Kidman, Folk Radio UK

"Her recruitment of some of the best musicians in the land and her effective use of their talents to enhance her own highly orginal material is pure genius... A very clever album indeed, which hints strongly that Ange Hardy is going to become a sought-after producer in years ahead" - Mike Weaver, Armandaleg

"Simply put 'Esteesee' is a highly original, beautifully produced and seminal UK folk album, which will be treasured for years to come." - Laurel Canyon Music

"The musicianship, singing and performance on this album, hits the marks time and time again" - Neil King, FATEA

"One of the very best albums I have heard this year" - Doug Welch, BBC Kent Folk

"you’d be pushed to hear a finer folk song this year." - Mike Ainscoe, Bright Young Folk

"A lesson in literature, history and music in an exquisite package from Ange Hardy. The music is as beautiful as the packaging. A must-have for collectors of folk music." - Trevox, Folk At Five

"It’s rare that I’ll play a CD twice through without a break even for the purposes of a review. Esteesee is an exception." - Dai Jeffries, Folking

"One of those rare albums where every track is a winner - and beautiful packing to boot!" - Peter Aston, Forest Folk

"a tribute to the craft that is modern traditional folk" - West Country Folk

"I would say there's a great chance we could be listening to the album of the year, next year. It is that good." - Gary Hazlehurst

September Gigs:

12th: Ange Hardy & Luke Jackson - Thurnby, Leicestershire 13th: Stogumber Festival - Special Guest with Luke Jackson 16th: Stratford-upon-Avon Folk Club 17th: The Tree House Bookshop - Kenilworth 20th: TwickFolk - Twickenham 25th: Rugby Rhythms - Warwickshire Read more... http://www.angehardy.com/gigs

'Along The Coleridge Way' - TICKETS

The Ange Hardy 'Esteeesee' Album Tour & Launch 3rd: Nether Stowey 4th: Halsway Manor - ALBUM LAUNCH! 6th: Holford & District 7th: Bicknoller 8th: East Quantoxhead 9th: Sampford Brett 10th: Stogumber 11th: Wheddon Cross 12th: Roadwater 14th: Luxborough 15th: Luccombe 16th: Porlock 17th: Brendon & Countisbury 18th: Lynmouth Pavilion Project An evening of music inspired by the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Ange Hardy in Coleridge Cottage promoting her Along the Coleridge Way tour In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas DW present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Featuring songs inspired by Coleridge’s relationships with friends, family and acquaintances, verses of his poetry set to music, new songs inspired by his characters and stories, and even tales based on fragments of his dinner table conversations. The tour starts on October 3rd just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, and ends on October 18th in the Lynmouth Pavilion. All venues have a licensed bar. Afternoon workshops start between 4pm and 4:30pm and will last about 90 minutes. The evening concerts start at 7:30pm, consisting of two 45 minute halves. http://www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk Please Share

EFDSS 2015/16 Creative Artist Residencies - Songs from today

I'm absolutely delighted to have been offered a Creative Artist Residency by EFDSS (The English Folk Dance and Song Society). Over a period of five-days with Lukas Drinkwater and Steve Pledger we'll be researching and developing new song ideas and material based on stories from newspapers of the day.

The last couple of years have seen EFDSS Creative Artist Residencies going to artists including Sam Sweeney, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Emily Portman, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker... so I'm delighted to be in such fine company.

Neil Pearson from EFDSS said:

“The four chosen applicants all wish to develop creative ideas that are deeply rooted in the folk arts yet have a fresh take on the subject matter. The Creative Artist Residencies are very much a starting point for future projects and we look forward to supporting and working with the artists as their ideas evolve.

It is an exciting opportunity for them to be able to spend time developing new work on one theme and creating their own piece of folk history.”

To read more have a look at the EFDSS website:


Free copy of my acapella "She Moved Through the Fair"

If you'd like a free copy of my acapella "She Moved Through the Fair" all you have to do is join my mailing list :) http://www.angehardy.com/join-the-mailing-list … x

New Merch: Official 'Ange Hardy' Necklaces

Available to buy now for just £20 (Free UK delivery) from my online shop


Necklaces custom made with my logo! These were made to my design and measure about 3.2cm in diameter and come on a chain. I wore the master cast of this design to the 2015 Folk Awards :)

Pewter is a durable alternative to silver made from tin, copper and antimony. The necklaces are cast by a Cornish jeweller. Each necklace is then fettled and polished, with the whole process resulting in individually unique items... a bit like a live performance, no two are exactly the same!

They're presented in a lovely box and make the perfect gift for someone who already has all of my CDs :p


Esteesee: pre-order the new album today!

Hello friends, fans and family! Wow... I really can't believe it's that time of year again already, but on Monday I'm back in the studio to start recording my next album. I've got to get quite a lot done before Steve Knightley (!) and Patsy Reid (!!) turn up to add their parts... oh wow! This is going to be amazing!! So, the big news is: I'm now taking pre-orders for 'esteesee'. There are several different pre-order options available... and most of them are only available in limited quantities (so you might want to be quite quick). The official release date for the album is October 4th 2015... but by pre-ordering you can choose to get it 2 weeks early, and a limited number of people can even get it 2 months (!!) early. There's also various options for handwritten lyric sheets, signed copies of the books I used for research... and a variety of other very limited goodies. copy and paste this link into the URL to pre-order: http://www.angehardy.com/shop/details/esteesee So what's this new album about then? In case you've missed it: my new album is a project album based on the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the songs for this project were written with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. I wrote the 14 tracks for esteesee in January. They include songs inspired by Coleridge’s relationships with friends, family and acquaintances, verses of his poetry set to music, new songs inspired by his characters and stories, and even tales based on fragments of his dinner table conversations. I still can't quite believe the quality of the guest musicians I've managed to line up for this album! I've got Steve Knightley ("Show of Hands") providing guest vocals, the spectacular Patsy Reid (founding member of "Breabach") on fiddle, viola and cello, Lukas Drinkwater back on double bass, Alex Cumming back on accordion, Jonny Dyer on the piano, Jo May providing percussion again, Andrew Pearce on the drums, Kate Rouse as the damsel with the hammered dulcimer, Steve Pledger on backing vocals and poetry readings from David Milton (the Watchet town crier) and the wonderful Tamsin Rosewell (broadcaster, artist, and super lovely lady!). The provisional track listing looks a little like this: The Foster-Mother's Tale My Captain The Curse of a Dead Man's Eye William Frend Pantisocracy Epitaph on an Infant George Kubla Khan Friends of Three Mother You Will Rue Me Might is in the mind Esteesee Along the Coleridge Way Elegy for Coleridge

The final line-up of guest musicians for the new album

Having returned from my “up and right” tour I’m now getting my head firmly back into the new ‘esteesee’ project! The songs are written, the guest musicians are organised, the studio is booked, the photo shoot is done, and the album artwork is in development. Pre-orders will be available shortly, and the release date will be announced during my radio session with Kathryn Tickell on Amazing Radio this Monday. All that remains is to announce the final session musicians: I am very, very, very excited to announce that Steve Knightley (“Show of Hands” / “Grow Your Own Gig”) will be joining me to provide some guest vocals on the album! Steve Knightley featured prominently on the Cecil Sharp Project album which served as my launchpad into discovering the world of folk music. I’m unbelievably excited, very humbled, and unbelievably excited to have him involved in this project. Did I mention how unbelievably excited I was?! I’m also delighted to announce that Jonny Dyer (of “Jonny Dyer & Vicky Swan" fame) will be playing piano for the album and also to add that the utterly lovely Tamsin Rosewell (“My Folk and their Friends”) will be providing one of the poetry readings. So, the full roster of guest musicians for the album is confirmed as: Steve Knightley providing guest vocals, the spectacular Patsy Reid on fiddle, viola and cello, Lukas Drinkwater on double bass, Alex Cumming on accordion, Jonny Dyer on the piano, Jo May providing percussion, Andrew Pearce on the drums, Kate Rouse as the damsel with the hammered dulcimer, Steve Pledger on backing vocals and poetry readings from David Milton (the Watchet town crier) and the wonderful Tamsin Rosewell (broadcaster, artist, and super lovely lady!). Oh my word, it’s going to be a busy and rather exciting time in the studio!!