The Mill House, Clayton Le Moors
The burden of being a Nominee for Folk Singer of the Year could be onerous but from bluesy reimagining of the folk standard The Blacksmith with added raunch to the apologies for the dourness of some of the songs, Lucy Ward endears herself to the captivated audience. The 25 year old singer/songwriter has a powerful voice and a collection of brooding and intense songs which are played in pin drop silence in this intimate venue. Highlights are For The Dead Men and The Last Pirouette from her current album Single Flame, which deal with campaigns for justice and the end of the world respectively. A new song, Lion, is inspired by the Shot at Dawn Memorial at the National Arboretum and is an astonishing hair on the back of the neck tribute/anthem. ( Do check out the YouTube video of this song featuring The Brighouse and Raistrick Band ). To end off an enthusiastically received set, what could be better than Elbows, One Day Like This…. on a ukuele! Dour, I don`t think so, entertaining, absolutely !
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