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Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in Hertfordshire. After tentatively performing a few songs at their local Redbourn Folk Club, the group soon gained a great deal of interest on the local and national folk circuit, securing major support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country. In 2015, they were awarded Bristol Folk Festival's prestigious Isambard Folk Award and in the same year, were voted 'Best Act' by the audience at the Great British Folk Festival's Introducing Stage, consequently returning in 2016 for an appearance on the festival's main stage. 2017 has seen further recognition for Said The Maiden including winning the 2017 Folking Awards 'Rising Star' prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act. "I like anything these girls do, they mean it! Their harmonies are extraordinary." (Dave Swarbrick) "distinctive voices lacing intricate harmonies through original and traditional songs supremely addictive." (Tim Carroll FolkWords) Their second studio album, 'Here's A Health' is a showcase of the trio's ever-developing yet distinctive and unique sound, featuring their trademark soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. However this new release also displays a more diverse collection of material from the trio including a few covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition. Expect intricate three-part harmonies both acapella and interweaved withbeautiful simplistic instrumentation.