Award-winning folk singer fronts stellar supporting cast

Fay Hield
Fay Hield

BBC Radio 2 folk award winner Fay Hield is heading to Hailsham with her band The Hurricane Party.

The band is playing The Pavilion, George Street, at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 12.

Fay Hield is a singer who has the rare gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. 

Her debut solo album ‘Looking Glass’, was released in September 2010 by prestigious folk label Topic Records and quickly earned Fay many accolades, as well as a nomination for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Fay’s second album, Orfeo, was released in May 2012, again on Topic Records.

Orfeo features 11 traditional songs, including lead track, ‘Sir Orfeo’, based on a 13th century retelling of the epic supernatural Greek fable, Orpheus and Eurydice.

Fay’s gift for unearthing rare material is well represented throughout, including the obscure but beguiling nursery rhyme ‘Naughty Baby’ and the feisty Lancashire mill-girl tour-de-force ‘The Old ‘Arris Mill’.

An Anne Briggs inspired version of ‘The Cuckoo’ is included.

These new recordings see Fay confidently fronting a stellar supporting cast – The Hurricane Party.

Consisting of some of the finest folk musicians working today The Hurricane Party features Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and Roger Wilson (fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals).

Alongside her burgeoning performing career, Fay also lectures at the University of Sheffield.

Her PhD thesis ‘English Folk Singing and the Construction of Community’ was completed in 2010.

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