Location: Watchet, Somerset
Discography: Windmill and Wishes (2010) Bare Foot Folk (2013), The Lament of the Black Sheep (2014), Esteesee (2015)
Record Label: Story Records (Independent)
Ange Hardy is a most remarkble singer-songwriter, the kind that writes songs which are so classic you think they have existed in the folk cannon for centuries. Ange is also unique as she is the only folk performer we know to use a loop station (called Mr. Miyagi), which she does to great effect. Her last album 'The Lament of the Black Sheep' was only one of a handful of albums to be five star rated by Telegraph in 2014 and after listening to it. it's not too hard to understand why.
Ange is from Somerset and has been a songwriter from the age of 14 when she first picked up a guitar on the streets of Ireland. She is completely self taught and has always used her writing as a way of channeling the intense life she has led.
When Ange was in her early 20's she started playing around the open mic scene in Taunton Somerset and it soon became apparent to her and those around her that her musical career had very much started. Using the next few years to home in on her vocals and performance she continued to write and home record until she had material for her debut studio album: "Windmills and Wishes", a true autobiographical outworking of her life.
Ange went on to marry Rob when she was 25 and have her second child Luke at the age of 27. She subsequently moved to her family home near Watchet in Somerset. In the following few years Ange focused on her family and rooted her music to a genre, the only genre it could possibly be: Folk.
Ange wrote a new 14 track folk album 'Bare Foot Folk' and in this album Ange shows her true songwriting skills as she, though still drawing from her own life, manages to write classic, traditional and contemporary folk songs telling stories that outstretch her own life by 100's of years.
She performs as a solo act, showcasing her delicate guitar work and stunning voice, she layers her vocals in a contemporary twist using a "live looping machine" which allows her to record and instantly play back layers of vocals from the stage resulting in the same warm depth of harmony that she achieves on her studio album. Ange takes you deep into the songs and the stories behind the songs, and her testimony becomes the heart of her performance.
Her brand new album based on the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge will be released in early October this year
The Telegraph's 'Best Folk Albums of 2014' list
Winner of Female Vocalist of the Year 2013 Award, Fatea Magazine.
Isambard Nu-Folk Award Finalist 2011, Bristol Folk Festival
BBC Somerset Album of the week
FolkWords June 2014 - Album of the Month
BBC Radio Scotland, Iain Anderson : Album of the Week
“Ange Hardy perfectly balances the strengths of traditional folk music with fresh writing...There is not a weak track among the 14 on Somerset singer-songwriter Ange Hardy's album The Lament of the Black Sheep” (Martin Chilton, The Telegraph)
“Bare Foot Folk is an excellent album” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio2 Folk Show)
"Now an album which has grown on me the more and more I listen to it is Bare Foot Folk from Ange Hardy. She lives down in the west country, writes all her own stuff, but they do sound as though they've come straight out of the soil of Devon and Somerset, I really like them....It'll be interesting to see when Ange does another album whether she carries on writing stuff which is very very rootsy and very very folky, I do like her stuff" (The Mike Harding Folk Show)
“A collection of unfailingly listenable, self-penned acoustic songs. Amongst this charming assortment of melodies we are treated to highly catchy tunes, some nods to ancient times as well as choice references to the present day.” (R2 Magazine (Rock'n'Reel) ****