Lucy Ward Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.

After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!

After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.

In 2013 it was announced that she had been nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.

Her brilliant second album ‘Single Flame’ (again for Navigator Records), was released on 19 August 2013 to rave reviews. Produced by Stu Hanna (of folk duo Megson), ‘Single Flame’ showcased a maturity from her debut and showed the development in Lucy’s music, singing and musicianship. She now returns with her 3rd album “I Dreamt I Was A Bird”, released on Betty Beetroot Records on 2nd October 2015. As well as her own music Lucy has written for both film, theatre and has been involved with many, varied projects.

28th Oct, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£10/£8 concessions

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.

In Peter's own words "there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music". But taking it even further, subliminal, multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions.

As the late Sir Terry Pratchett poetically observed "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow".

Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion.

As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters’ affinity with traditional material, whilst Sacha's playing brings the rhythms to life with his incredible knowledge and sense of feel, whether playing a song or a tune.

May 2015 heralded the release of their new studio album Layers of Ages, which sees Gigspanner blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional songs and tunes, dismantled, reconsidered and put together again to reveal moments of originality and staggering beauty. In the words of fRoots "Peter shows a willingness to turn the expected inside out and to place it back as neat as it was before being taken"

It has been played on several BBC folk shows, including Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe show and Radio 3's 'World on 3', and has received a host of glowing reviews in the music press. The Telegraph has added it to their 'Best Albums of 2015' list.

16th Nov, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE


The Emily Askew Band A thrilling collaboration where Medieval and Folk worlds collide!

Formed to fuse Emily's passions for Medieval and Renaissance melodies/songs and modern folk styles. Emily has had a successful career in both Folk (Askew Sisters, Alma, Ceilidh Factor and the Elizabethan Session) and Early Music (The Artisans, Shakespeare's Globe, Glyndebourne, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, Mediva and the Medieval Babes). Being an multi-instrumentalist playing vielle, shawm, bagpipes,recorders and medieval harp, Emily wanted to explore the possibilities of mixing these unusual sounds with modern instruments.

The band bring together singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts (Gilmore Roberts, The Dovetail Trio), fiddler/viola d'amore playing John Dipper (English Acoustic Collective, Methera, Dipper Malkin, and Alma) and percussionist Louise Duggan (National Theatre, Regents Park Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe).

7th Dec, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£14/£12 concessions

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