In May the avid followers of Hermon Folk can look forward to a very special 10th Anniversary performance of award-winning Lady Maisery, one of todays leading vocal harmony trios on the U.K.s Folk scene. A unique opportunity to experience this impressive group of multi-instrumentalists and superb singers on a tour of selected venues, celebrating a full decade of innovation by presenting a retrospective of their most powerful songs. Lady Maisery played The Hermon in 2018 to a full house – please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
“Some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene an impressive blend of ease and sophistication!” – The Guardian ****
“Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency,.powerful, enthralling work.” – Songlines ****
“Three of the most vibrant, young talents of the new British Folk Wave.” – MOJO
“Ambitious and beautiful!” – Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2
In an English folk scene bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shines brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skillful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last ten years, the trio has toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and have released five critically acclaimed albums.
Underpinning every performance are Lady Maiserys distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. The trio is also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or diddling. Once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality. Each singer also being an accomplished instrumentalist, many songs are expertly accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowans fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazels harp and concertina and Hannahs accordion and foot percussion.
Since the groups conception, Lady Maisery has attracted substantial attention, was nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012, received the Best Album award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 and has visited the USA as Official Showcase Artist at the Folk Alliance International.
Acclaimed American Blues Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter Brooks Williams is due to pay his much awaited third visit to The Hermon, this time for the special occasion of celebrating his 30th Anniversary of being on the road! His years of prolific International touring have led to numerous fruitful collaborations playing music from the roots of early country-blues legends such as Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell, through to Jazz, Folk and Americana. For the 30th Anniversary Tour, Williams will be joined alternately by fiddler Aaron Catlow, singer-songwriter Rab Noakes, and Bonnie Tyler’s pianist Phil Richardson! For Williams’ and Richardsons’ stop at The Hermon expect a winning combination of New Orleans piano grooves, Piedmont guitar picking and two soulful voices blending beautifully!
“At the top of his game, setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues.”
– Blues In Britain
“Brooks Williams would undoubtedly be hailed as one of the acoustic guitar gods of our time were he not also such a sweet singer and smart songwriter.” – The Boston Globe
“He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer – Brooks Williams is the real thing!”
– Martin Simpson
Georgia-born Brooks Williams released his first album early in 1990 to a glowing review by The Washington Post, followed by further wide-spread acclaim and a pivotal appearance on National Public Radio’s show ‘All Things Considered’ with Noah Adams. His first touring activities were set in motion and 30 years later Williams is more than ever known as consummate, hard-gigging artist, performing hundreds of shows every year and recording at dizzying pace. When he is not solo, he is collaborating with the likes of Hans Theessink, Guy Davis, Boo Hewerdine, Rab Noakes, Jim Henry and Sloan Wainwright.
In 2013 Brooks was nominated ‘Best Male Vocalist’ by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. He also ranks in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and has over the years picked alongside Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, to name but a few.
In honour of his auspicious anniversary, Williams has re-recorded an album of his favourite songs from his 28-CD discography. Called ‘Work My Claim’, the songs reach across the span of years and include guest appearances from John Mc Cusker, Christine Collister, Aaron Catlow, Jim Henry, Ralf Grottian and Phil Richardson. The outcome is an acoustic tour-de-force – not to be missed!
The new album, due to be released on 7th February 2020 will be available for purchase on the night!
EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!
A BIT MORE ABOUT BROOKS: http://www.brookswilliams.com
The Hermon welcomes back Kate Allan for more monthly singing sessions, offering the chance to share your singing voice with others to make music together.
FOR BEGINNERS heres an opportunity to find your singing voice (yes, its there!) in a supportive group!
You might be a CONFIDENT SINGER who wants to get away from the written page and see what comes from the group in the moment.
And for SONGWRITERS or anyone who would like to start making songs, this is a great way to open yourself up to fresh ideas and break the mould.
IN A CIRCLE, starting with gentle body and vocal warm-ups, we take any note, sing it together and then invite some of the group to add another note until weve built a chord, listening carefully to ourselves and each other.
THEN WE CAN
create and develop a rhythm
explore the different sounds we can make with our voices
vary the pitch (high, low), the sound, the speed and the volume
add some body percussion eg clapping, foot tapping
come up with new ideas as a group as we go
build confidence in and awareness of our own and other peoples voices
All this happens and develops very instinctively as our intuition, creativity and innate musicality come to life.
If youve never heard yourself SING FREELY, this is the chance to find that freedom in a judgement-free, natural way.
The sessions are facilitated by Kate Allan, an experienced freelance singer, songwriter and singing for health practitioner whose clients include the NHS, Severn Hospice and other health care providers.
You can find out more about Kate at:-
ANOTHER DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Watch out for our special Voices Amongst Rhythm workshop on Saturday, 11th July, 10am to 1pm! Kate Allan and percussionist Rick Wilson who runs our Drum Circle sessions join forces in this exciting collaborative WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS & PERCUSSIONISTS exploring rythmic challenges in new ways!
LIMITED SPACES – PLEASE HELP US WITH OUR PLANNING AND BOOK EARLY!
Friday 25th September 2020
Tickets £42.50 per person
An evening full of entertainment with the one and only Paul Larcombe who is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises Graceland. Paul has also performed solo for the Queen & Royal Family.
Arrival glass of fizz
3 course meal