NEW FOLK @ THE STOREY – UISCEDWR (ish-ka-door)

FISH CAT DOOR? IT’S UISCEDW-

Wednesday 14th October-7.30pm

Tickets£10/£12fishcatdoor

Fresh from their wildly successful tour of Austria, dynamic young folk trio Uiscedwr are back in the UK and heading to The Storey in Lancaster on Wednesday 14th October. Widely known as one of Britain’s foremost contemporary folk acts, Uiscedwr’s talent and determination has led them to overcome more than their share of obstacles and earn some truly admirable accomplishments.

The show marks the beginning of an exciting new programme of new and alt-folk events at The Storey Creative Industries Centre, as part of its remit to lead contemporary culture by bringing in fantastic acts from outside Lancaster and supporting the creative aspirations of local musicians and creatives. Uiscedwr’s music is a perfect example of how the new folk genre has shaken off its ‘traditional’ mantle and gained popularity with new generations of singer-songwriters and musical poets, a shift which is evident in Lancaster’s own grassroots folk scene.

Uiscedwr – pronounced ish-ka-door – was formed when Welsh fiddler Anna Esslemont met Irish percussionist Cormac Byrne. Following a meteoric rise to prominence with the winning of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2002, Uiscedwr released their debut album ‘Everywhere’ which delighted fans and critics alike. Not surprisingly, this was swiftly nominated for a BBC Folk Award and made the trio cover-stars of prestigious folk magazine fRoots. They were young, vivacious, adventurous, exciting and original and their impossibly captivating delivery of everything from melodic reels to dark songs about broken relationships had the folk world eating out of their hands.

Then Anna got ill – seriously ill – with a rare auto-immune disease called Aplastic Anaemia and underwent four years of heavy treatment, weekly blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant. Meanwhile, Cormac won a BBC Fame Academy award to further his musical development, and while Anna was unable to gig, his percussive contribution on stage and in the studio played a pivotal role in Mercury prize nominated Seth Lakeman’s rise to fame.

Never one to allow circumstances – however dire they may appear to be – to deviate her from her lust for life and for music, Anna is finally back on the stage with Uiscedwr. The amazingly talented young fiddler/singer song-writer was awarded a PRS Foundation award for her music writing; and it’s not difficult to see why when listening to the excitingly original material she has written for the band. She has also set up Yukka Records to release their music independently, and played on the latest New Model Army album and a number of familiar TV adverts. Joining the duo for this gig will be special guest Nick Waldock (Leeds College of Music graduate) on bass and guitar.

Uiscedwr’s Lancaster show is just one of the dates on their national tour to promote their third studio album, Fish Cat Door, which was released last month to rave reviews and was featured on Mike Harding’s BBC Radio 2 folk show. Described by BBC Radio 2 as ‘effortlessly epic’, this is a must see show, a rare opportunity to catch Uiscedwr in Lancaster and be taken on a sensational musical journey of exciting rhythms and haunting melodies played by a band of multi-talented musicians.

JONI FULLER

Support will be provided by Joni Fuller, a regular favourite in Lancaster, who has just won the MIBI Songwriting Contest 2009 for the second year running. Her song ‘Change Girl’ was selected by an industry panel including Chris Martin, Steve Levine, EMI and HMV.

Tickets for this exciting event are available from the Visitor Information Centre in The Storey and cost £10. Box Office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and tickets can be bought in person or over the phone.J

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