David Gibb & Elly Lucas

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I am enormous fan of folk music. I love everything about it, from the range of instruments, to the haunting lyrics, to the talent of the musicians that make it. However, what I especially love about it, and what makes it particularly relevant to the concept of Born In Britain is that England (and subsequently Britain, though both Wales and Scotland have their own unique folk traditions) has its own distinctive brand of folk that began here hundreds of years ago, that was nurtured here, that evolved here and that has been constantly re-imagined by musicians here ever since.

David Gibb & Elly Lucas belong to the latest generation of folk musicians who are taking these ancient songs and reworking them to create something that, whilst still based strongly in folk tradition, is simultaneously innovative, new and simply beautiful.

Hailing from Derbyshire, David and Elly have been working and performing as a duo for several years. David plays guitar and mandolin and Elly wields both fiddle and viola, and they share the vocal load between them. The distinctive vocal qualities they both possess when taking the lead also complement each other perfectly in exquisite (and often haunting) harmonies. Their musical talent is undisputable, and in 2011 they were chosen as finalists for the highly regarded BBC Young Folk Award. They released their first studio album ‘Old Chairs to Mend’ on Hairpin in March 2012.

With musical qualities that is all at once melodious, soothing, joyous and yet with a hint of the ethereal, David and Elly bring their own brand of gentle simplicity to stories ages old. They are young British musicians adapting old British music for a contemporary British audience. How much more ‘Born in Britain’ can you get?

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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