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Lucy Farrell

May 3rd 2018 @ The Waterman

Cambridge, United Kingdom
I Was There
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
8:00 PM
The Waterman
Cambridge, United Kingdom
A rare intimate solo show for 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell, alongside young guitarist Toby Hay.

This will be a rare chance to see Lucy perform in a small venue. Tickets are strictly limited so pre-booking is advised.

Lucy Farrell is one of the most vital musicians and vocalists in contemporary British folk. An inveterate collaborator, she first emerged through her duo with Jonny Kearney and is possibly best known as one-fourth of The Furrow Collective (winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group 2017) alongside Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman and Rachel Newton. In addition, she is also an on-going member of Eliza Carthy's band and Steve Malley's epic 15-piece Dark Northumbrian project, as well as leading her own group Ogres.

In solo guise, Lucy combines quietly moving original pieces with a return to the traditional folk songs that have remained at the heart of her activities. These include the ballads that inspire her own composition with their own handed-down beauty and strangeness. Her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience combine with a natural adherence to Shirley Collins' adage that, in folk music, the singer should never get in the way of the song.

A welcome return for solo guitarist Toby Hay, last seen in Cambridge in 2016 while travelling with fellow young guitar-slinger Jim Ghedi.

From near Rhayader in mid-Wales, Toby makes instrumental music inspired by the landscape, people and history of the area. Drawing on influences from all over the world, he makes music to capture the atmosphere of the special and under-represented part of Wales where he lives, adding to the long tradition of Welsh string music.

Writer (and Cambridge resident) Robert Macfarlane wrote in the liner notes to Toby's 2017 album The Gathering: Place, memory, nature, loss and dreamed-of geographies are the subjects of this beautiful music: that gathering of feelings that go by the untranslatable Welsh word hiraeth. There is a sadness at what has gone here, but not a nostalgia. The world's dew gleams on this music, but the world's dust swirls through it too.