Critically acclaimed, Derby singer songwriter Lucy Ward is set to hit new heights with the release of her third album.
And she has set up her own record company Betty Beetroot to do it. ‘I Dreamt I Was A Bird’ was released on October 2 and, from the number of pre-release orders already in the bag, it is set to outdo album number two that made it’s way into the UK Independent Chart at number 28 on release.
“It’s been a very steep curve, learning and putting into practice everything you have to do to get an album in all it’s formats onto the virtual and digital shelves. But we’ve done it and I’m well chuffed with the outcome,” said Lucy.
On her new album we get to hear Lucy in a more stripped-back mellow mood than on her last album, the dramatic ‘Single Flame’, but as always, it’s the lyrics, the stories within her songs, which remain Lucy’s major focus.
Her new songs are subtle comments on the small significant moments that change lives forever. It is Lucy’s ability to inhabit a song and fill every word with emotion that has reviewers like folk doyen Mike Harding saying in an early review that the album contained, ‘Great songs, powerful words, great melodies and terrific arrangements’.
Lucy has put together a band to take the songs from the album on the road to coincide with it’s release and, they will be at the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath on October 9.
Lucy won the BBC Folk Horizon (Best Newcomer) Award in 2011 and followed that up with being honoured as the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious BBC Folk Singer of the Year Award in 2013. Her career, which started as a fifteen-year-old at the Real Music Club in Repton, has gone from strength to strength and she regularly plays the main stages at the country’s biggest folk festivals. The current incarnation of her band debuted in front of 3,000 people at the Shrewsbury folk Festival. Interspersed with gigs all over the country she finds time once or twice a year to travel to Europe where she is building a solid following in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Spain.
Anyone who has been to a Lucy Ward concert knows there’s bound to be a good deal of fun from this unique performer who has the ability and charisma to balances the gravity of most of her material with an open and witty stage presence that always gets audiences laughing and joining in. So make sure you get along to The Grand Pavilion on Friday. The doors open at 7.30pm and the music kicks off at 8pm. for tickets telephone 01629 583 834/07764184572 or this go to http://lucyward.brownpapertickets.com