Matlock Bath’s newly reopened Grand Pavilion plays host to The Lucy Ward Band on Friday, April 25.
This is the first of a number of gigs that will carry on into the autumn.
Before making the booking, Lucy Ward was given a tour of the Grand Pavilion. “When I entered the main hall, I was immediately struck by the scale and grandeur of the building”, said Lucy,.
“Yes, it was at an early stage of renovation and I knew it wouldn’t be anywhere near perfect in time for the tour, but I just knew I wanted to play there.
“I mean, Cream and Deep Purple have stood on that stage”, said Lucy, with her trademark sense of fun. “I could pretend to be Eric Clapton for a night!”
Grand Pavilion events director Andie Brazewell said; “A fair percentage of the proceeds will go towards completing the renovation work. Lucy is a breathtaking presence on stage. Her unpretentious outlook and warmth melts the hearts of audiences. She can reduce an audience to tears with her disarming personality, pitch perfect delivery and the maturity of her songs.
“However, a Lucy Ward set will always send you away feeling uplifted.”
Andie continued: “So The Lucy Ward Band will bring their unique brand of folk to Matlock Bath as part of their debut tour. Doors will be at 7.30pm for a great evening of music. Tickets are selling well and are available at The Mining Museum, The Matlock Music Shop and online at WeGotTickets.com.”
After winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award (Best Newcomer) in 2012, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury. Her elevation to the top of the folk ladder was acknowledged with a nomination for the BBC Folk Singer of the Year Award at the Royal Albert Hall in February 2014.
Her second album Single Flame was released on Navigator Records last August to widespread acclaim. BBC Radio Two’s Mark Radcliffe called it “mature and unflinching” and the Guardian, awarding it four stars, said the album was “Impressive and original”.
Her debut album Adelphi Has To Fly (2011) was also met with widespread acclaim.