One of the shining lights of the British folk scene are vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery.
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative artists, the trio Lady Maisery shine brightly.
With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.
Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision in a symbiotic melody.
The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling”. This once common art in England, can still found across parts of southern and northern Europe. The form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality and truly sets them apart from other country performers.
Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist and many of their songs are accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowan’s fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s accordion and foot percussion. Expect a night of both their lyrical songs, and diddling music, creating a varied experience.
Outside of Lady Maisery, all of the members are highly respected for other work, including Hazel’s part as one half of the award-winning The Askew Sisters. And most recently, all three have been part of the supergroup Songs of Separation who won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 for Best Album.
The group will be performing at Arlington Arts Centre on Thursday May 11 from 8pm.
Adult tickets are £13. Book online at arlingtonarts.co.uk, or by calling the box office on 01635 244246.
All profits from Arlington Arts go directly to Mary Hare, a school and national charity supporting deaf children.