Lizzy Hardingham [Folk]
Forty Elephant Gang are a rousing, engaging, and intensely innovative three-piece from East London who blend Folk, Americana and American Blues, with truly classic songwriting.Forty Elephant Gang take their name from a notorious gang of female pickpockets from The Elephant & Castle. The band features Andrew White (Lead Vox and Guitar) Sean Mannion (Mandolin and Backing Vox) and James Bachmann (Guitar and backing Vox). Since their formation they’ve taken their unique sound to large and varied audiences throughout London and the UK; from ad-hoc rooftop parties to Folk and Acoustic nights, headlining the folkroom tent at HomeFarm festival and The Cambridge Park festival then back again to back-street boozers, Forty Elephant Gang have received a wave of support and won friends and admirers from all walks of life.Support will be from the up and coming Lizzy Hardingham.Doors and bar 7pm, music 7:40pm.
- Big Ginger Tom Music - Harwell Village Hall, Harwell, 20 May 2022
Hertfordshire-based based folk musician and songstress, Lizzy Hardingham, is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with "beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart". 2019 saw her storm the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with "a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence". Having recently been nominated for Fatea’s Female Artist of the year, Lizzy is currently being mentored by Young’uns' Michael Hughes under the English Folk Expo artist mentoring programme and working on "firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.Herts and Beds based folk trio Said The Maiden have been sending waves through the folk scene since 2013. After making their tentative debut at Redbourn Folk Club they have played all over the UK and Europe alongside some of the biggest names in folk. The group relaunched in 2019 with new member Minnie Birch, whose gentle intricate guitar style, warm vocals and unique songwriting ability add new dimension to the group’s sound. Weaving together rich vocal harmonies and just a dusting of guitar, banjo and flute, they perform traditional songs from across the UK and US, with a few of their own self-penned folk songs thrown in too.'Kelvin Davies already has an amazing portfolio of work behind him, including several appearances on the BBC Radio 2 Cerys Matthews Blues Show. The great guitar work and singing of this young country blues artist brings songs of the 20's and 30's to life, as well as an increasing selection of self penned numbers. Kelvin has played at some fantastic venues such as the Cambridge Junction, Dingwalls, The Bedford, The Horn as well as various folk and blues festivals, during which he has put on incredible shows alongside the likes of Catfish Keith, Danny Bryant and Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage. Ably backed by veteran harmonica player Gary Jones.'Eleanor Dunsdon is a folk harpist and singer based in Berkshire. She first took up the Clarsach at the age of 9 with BBC award-winning folk musician Luke Daniels. As well as working as a freelance soloist and teacher, she is the fourth member of Oxford-based folk band, Moonrakers, who released their latest studio album ‘Ebb & Flow’ last year. Pre-Covid, Eleanor has played for Folk at the Maltings, St Albans Folk Festival, as well as taking to the main stages at Broadstairs Folk Week and Towersey Festival in 2019. Over the course of the past year, Eleanor has enjoyed giving online performances for Folk Weekend: Oxford, as well as working on commissions for solo harp. She is looking forward to beginning a Masters in Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this September.
- Online, St Albans, 25 June 2021
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