Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater are two of this generations most in-demand performers.
Ange has racked up countless awards for her song writing and live performances, including a nomination at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and three consecutive FATEA Magazine award wins: “Female Vocalist of the Year (2013) ”, “Album of the Year (2014)” and “The Tradition Award (2015)”. Ange’s last two studio albums - both featuring Lukas Drinkwater on double bass and backing vocals - appeared in The Telegraph’s “Best Folk Albums” lists for 2014 and 2015.
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater formed as a duo for the 14-night tour that accompanied the multi-award winning “Esteesee”, an album of original music based on the life and work of the 18th century poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. That album, written and produced by Ange, also featured Steve Knightley, Patsy Reid and Archie Churchill-Moss amongst it’s cast of 11 top folk musicians.
They perform live with a 27-string Salvi harp, 3 different Martin guitars, a parlour guitar, a double bass, an array of traditional whistles, an Indian shruti box and Irish bodhrándrum. Singing new material with a timeless English feel as well as number of reinterpreted traditional folk songs, all accented with Ange’s innovative and subtle use of loop pedals to build layers of vocal harmony live from the stage.
Lukas brings a fresh angle and bolder sound to many of Ange’s songs, as well as allowing her to perform a number of songs from her albums that Ange hasn’t regularly performed as a solo artist.
Ange and Lukas are currently writing new material for their 2016 studio album “Findings”. Their new songs draw heavily from the folk tradition and broadly focus on the themes of family, migration and local trades. "Findings" are the parts used to join jewellery components together to create something beautiful; this new album is about bringing together two musicians to create something even greater than the sum of their parts.
Lukas Drinkwater has previously been seen 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 and many more.
Folk broadcaster Mike Harding referred to Ange as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of recent years” and her 2016 gigs with Lukas Drinkwater will serve to cement their position as two of this generations greatest performers.
In the Artrix Studio
Sunday 9th October 2016 at 8pm
£10 - over 60s, students & under 16s