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.