Vocal, guitar, fiddle
'The Liberty to Choose' is a celebration of the best in English traditional song. In this special performance, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, James Findlay and Brian Peters combine their talents to produce superb arrangements of rare gems and old favourites from the landmark collection, 'The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs', with fiddles, guitars, melodeon and concertina, and four great voices combining in harmony.
Originally conceived by Brian for the 2013 CD of the same name (Fellside Records FECD257, also featuring Bella Hardy) 'The Liberty to Choose' proves that the old songs stand the test of time!
“Thoroughly satisfying, rich in not only inventive approaches but also some imaginative surprises… treating the songs with respect, but not deference.” The Living Tradition
Vocal, melodeon, guitar concertina, mandolin
From a family of folk singers, James is a talented instrumentalist and singer who is passionate about traditional songs, especially those from his home area of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. James won the BBC Young Folk Award in 2010 and has released two CDs on Fellside.
Instigator of the project, Brian has been professional on the folk scene for 27 years, touring worldwide and gaining a reputation as one of England’s finest interpreters of traditional ballads, as well as being a formidable instrumentalist on squeezeboxes and guitar.
Jackie has starred in some of the most important collaborative projects of the last ten years, from the Cecil Sharp Project to the Imagined Village. She is also an accomplished solo singer and fiddle player, winning the BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2008.
Another ‘Best Newcomer’ (2012 Folk Awards) Lucy’s winning stage presence and passionate delivery have made a big impact on the folk scene. Her eclectic repertoire includes her own powerful compositions and even pop covers, and she loves to sing traditional songs too.