Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is a folk singer, guitarist and concertina player from Derby. She writes and plays a mixture of traditional songs and her own compositions and, at 22, is already a well-established favourite of the British folk scene.

Though a multi-instrumentalist, Lucy considers her voice to be her primary tool when performing; her vocal is strong and clear with an endearing regional lilt, and she sings with an eloquence that is utterly enchanting to listen to. Her talents have not gone unrecognised either; a finalist at the Young Folk Awards in 2009, she was further nominated in two categories at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 folk awards, going on to win the Horizon Award as best newcomer.

Her debut album, ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’, was received with much positivity on its release in 2011, with the Guardian’s Robin Denslow praising her self-written track ‘Bricks & Love’ and Mike Harding commending her as one of the best things he’s heard in years. Having supported the likes of Seth Lakeman, Oysterband and Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Lucy has succeeded in establishing herself as a successful headliner in her own right, drawing crowds from all around by her captivating voice and expressive performances.

If you’d like to know more about Lucy Ward and her gorgeous music, visit her website.

– 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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