Ange Hardy’s fourth studio album ‘esteesee’ is a folk project inspired by the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The 14 new folk songs were inspired by Coleridge’s relationships with friends, family and acquaintances, verses of his poetry set to music, new songs inspired by his characters and stories, and tales based on fragments of his conversation.
Ange lives close by the Quantocks and is inspired by the landscapes that Coleridge walked during his years at Nether Stowey. Her music is deeply personal and often autobiographical, and this project sees her stepping outside the familiar comfort zone of her own experiences.
As well as featuring Ange Hardy on guitar, traditional whistle, harp, and vocals the album is complemented by a roster of world class folk musicians including Steve Knightley (‘Show of Hands’) providing guest vocals, the spectacular Patsy Reid (founding member of ‘Breabach’) on fiddle, viola and cello, Lukas Drinkwater on double bass, Archie Churchill-Moss on diatonic accordion, Jonny Dyer on the piano, Jo May providing percussion, Andrew Pearce on the drums, Kate Rouse as the damsel with the hammered dulcimer, Steve Pledger on backing vocals, and poetry readings from David Milton (the Watchet town crier) and the wonderful Tamsin Rosewell (broadcaster and artist).
Since winning the FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK, a position cemented by her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination this year. Mike Harding referred to her as ‘one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of the last couple of years’. Blues & Roots Radio has said 'This release is a masterpiece'.
The songs for this Coleridge project were written with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, who supported Ange with grant funding.
The album can be purchased at the following link: http://www.angehardy.com/shop/details/esteesee
Along the Coleridge Way
Ange is presenting 14 nights of music entitled ‘Along the Coleridge Way’ at rural venues along the route of the Coleridge Way in Somerset and Devon between October 3rd and October 18th.
Find out more about this highly talented singer and the Coleridge Way venues at http://www.angehardy.com