One of the country’s top folk musicians is currently performing songs that span her last six studio albums – if you’ve not seen Ange Hardy performing live, this is an opportunity not to be missed. She’s delighted audiences around the country from Cambridge Folk Festival to the Sage Gateshead and now she’s heading on tour including a stop at the Black Swan Folk Club on 15 November.
Over the past 5 years Ange Hardy has built a phenomenal reputation as one of the brightest starts on the vibrant acoustic music scene.
Ange Hardy’s albums and shows have regularly received five-star reviews in mainstream publications and her last three have hit Number 1 in the Amazon music charts, with The Telegraph describing her as “one of the country’s top folk musicians” and legendry radio broadcaster Mike Harding referring to her as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of recent years”. The Sunday Express called her last album “a songwriting peak” that was “entertaining and highly imaginative”.
Ange’s latest studio album Bring Back Home was released in November 2017. It features 14 songs and a band which includes the unmistakable fiddle playing of the legendary Peter Knight (Steeleye Span and Gigspanner). The album’s closing song What It Is demonstrates the diversity of Ange’s musical styling and the blurred lines between acoustic, folk, singer-songwriter and pop, delivering a genre-defying message of hope that cuts to the thematic heart of Bring Back Home:
“Let it be what it is for the grieving is more than the time that you have, and coming is more for the leaving… it is more to have love than to have. Whatever may be make it welcome, whatever may go let it pass… for time it is precious and seldom will your time be well spent on the past”.
Bring Back Home has received widespread praise and international coverage and airplay.
Ange has performed her songs live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3, been nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and racked up an impressive array of awards including winning FATEA’s Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, The Tradition Award and being named LCM’s Live Performer of the Year.
In 2018 Ange was asked to represent female composers for International Women’s Day on BBC Radio 3, and her In Tune interview and songs went on to be highlighted in the shows podcast and syndicated around the BBC.
At the root of Ange’s music is the captivating art of storytelling. She sings about stories and events that span the generations and appeal to all walks of life.
Ange Hardy sets a very high bar for solo live performances – she supports her stunning vocal delivery with a range of acoustic guitars, a classical harp, subtle percussion, traditional whistle, and breath-taking harmony lines. With almost 100 studio recorded songs under her belt she rarely performs the same set list twice, allowing for a level of improvisation and spontaneity that makes her one of the most diverse solo artists you’re likely to encounter.
She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you cry, and above all else she’ll fill you with hope and happiness.
Ange Hardy plays at The Black Swan Inn on Thursday 15 November 2018.