Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune, but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song, Fay Hield is “one of folk music’s most pre-eminent modern voices” (MOJO).
Fay was the brain behind The Full English, an academic archive project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. For the first time many of the finest early 20th century folksong collections were brought together and to celebrate this Fay developed a supergroup of folk performers, touring for two years, winning Best Group and Best Album at the 2013 BBC Folk Awards and earning Fay a nomination for Folk Singer of the Year.
With The Hurricane Party she breathes new life into tales of love and betrayal, witchcraft, wildlife and playground games. Hear songs from her latest album, ‘Old Adam’, which was listed in The Guardian’s Best Albums of 2016 so far… ‘Classy and entertaining’ . A fresh and original exploration of how we use songs, stories and music to understand what it means to be human combines vision, inspiration and outstanding musicianship.
Fay Hield– voice
Sam Sweeney – fiddle, voice (The Full English, Bellowhead, Leveret, Made in the Great War)
Rob Harbron – concertina, fiddle, voice (The Full English, Leveret, Made in the Great War)
Ben Nicholls – double bass (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band)
Toby Kearney – percussion
Roger Wilson – guitar, fiddle, voice
Fay is also an academic, lecturing in Music at the University of Sheffield, specialising in the role folk music plays in the construction of communities.