Touki – Amadou Diagne & Cory Seznec
Named “Brit-Folk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent” by MOJO, “Impressive and original” by The Guardian and “Inspiring” by Billy Bragg, Lucy Ward weaves a folk tapestry of dark and light. An enchanting songwriter, Lucy balances evocative imagery with protest and peace, violence, silence, tradition and today. Leading with her voice as an instrument, she is known for her unique ability to inhabit the heart of every song. Her early talent captured the BBC Folk Horizon Award and in 2014 Lucy Ward became one of the youngest ever nominees for Folk Singer of the Year. Stretching her creative wings, Lucy is the musical director of contemporary dance company Ballet Folk, and has written for TV theatre and radio, including the 14-18 Now commissions. Lucy is joined for this headline slot with her full band.
**** The Guardian (Adelphi Has to Fly) ‘Not a wasted note, an absolute cracker’ Louder than War (Pretty Warnings)
The world is our stage, as the African kora finds a kindred spirit in the banjo. Amadou Diagne is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer, with traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. Emerging from a family line of percussionists and praise singers in Senegal, and former member of l’Orchestre National du Senegal, his unique sound has seen him play stages and festivals all over the globe, collaborating with some of the biggest names in world music. Cory Seznec is a French-American musican based in Paris, known for his own unique finger-style guitar and clawhammer banjo. Steeped in Bluegrass, Cory found an unusual musical affinity with Africa, spending three years in Ethopia absorbing different styles. The pair first encountered each other in 2007, immediately impressing each other with their mastery. In 2020 these two special musicians were awarded Arts Council funding for a new project, Touki, recording their debut album together at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios.
**** Financial Times “Honey-smoked vocals. Brimming with an unhurried assurance.” fRoots