Be prepared to be enchanted by the rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes of Lady Maisery who are one of the most original new groups on the UK folk scene this year. Hannah, Hazel & Rowan will bring their captivating harmonies & instrumental talents to the Friday night & Saturday afternoon concerts.
Lady Maisery is a new vocal trio from Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Demon Barbers), Hazel Askew (Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola). Inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK & northern Europe, Lady Maisery sing songs & ballads both unaccompanied, & with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp & fiddle.
The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’ in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012. The album features a captivating collection of songs, carefully chosen and arranged to showcase the vocal quality of the group. Expect spellbinding harmonies on unaccompanied tracks such as the plaintive Kipling/Bellamy classic My Boy Jack, the music-hall charms of Mary Ann, and the beautiful simplicity of three voices on Sleep on Beloved.
Lady Maisery also explore new ground as one of the first UK groups to revive the tradition of diddling or singing tunes, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. The combined influence of these traditions can be seen in sets such as the toe-tapping European dance tunes Labajalg/Polska, as well as a fun rendition of the classic Primrose and Bluebell Polkas.