Award-winning folk trio to play in Pailton

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees Lady Maisery will be playing an intimate gig in Paiton next Thursday (February 7).

Lady Maisery are a new vocal trio consisting of Hannah James, Hazel Askew, and Rowan Rheingans. Inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK and northern Europe, Lady Maisery sing songs and ballads both unaccompanied and with backing from their combined talents on accordion, harp and fiddle.

Their debut album, Weave and Spin, was recorded one frosty week in February and features a captivating collection of songs, carefully chosen and arranged to showcase the vocal quality of the group.

From the live show 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.

Listen out for their dreamy combination of harp and voice on their version of Mary Ann Haynes’s The Colour of Amber, and hear them breathe life into old ballads, such as their ambitious re-working of Willie’s Lady.

The concert is being brought to Pailton Village Hall by Live and Local. Full price tickets cost £8.50. Supper included, bar and raffle available. For tickets, call Geni London on (01788) 832959.