Lucy Farrell is quietly building her solo career with her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner in the Best Group category following the release of the band’s widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP in 2017.
As a soloist, accompanying herself on tenor guitar, viola or shruti box by turn, she explores many of the favourite themes of traditional music, and in doing so, delves into her own responses to the song. ‘Why am I drawn to this murder ballad? Why does this song about motherhood chime with me?’
Her coming album sees songs arranged in pairs: a traditional song alongside her one of her own, inspired by the theme or emotion instilled. It’s very much a personal response, and it’s one that she hopes will also echo with her listeners.
Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny’s blend of wry and lovelorn tales with exquisite interpretations of English, Scottish and American ballads saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall. She went on to perform in the delightful quartet, Carthy, Hardy Farrell and Young; on Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band’s Big Machine album and tour and in the Emily Portman Trio with whom she sang, sawed and played viola for many years.
Lucy has upcoming solo availability in late May/early June and October 2019. She will be most at home in intimate venues, though her quiet command of the space makes her very adaptable to bigger rooms and festival stages too.