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Fay Hield At Rosslyn Court, Kent

April 18 @ 7:30 pm BST

Fay Hield stares into the camera. She is holding the neck of a five-string banjo.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, folk artist and academic Fay Hield seemed destined to carve a career in traditional folk music. Growing up in the famous Bacca Pipes Folk Club in Keighley, Fay formed a bond of community and tradition that would go on to inspire. Whilst at university in Newcastle studying for a Bachelor of Music in folk and traditional music, she formed the acappella folk quartet the Witches of Elswick in 2001 with fellow house mates. The quartet disbanded after six years together, and Fay took time out of performing for a few years which she studied for a PhD. In 2009, after a move to the fringes of Sheffield Fay returned as part of a trio with Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney, playing obscure and rarely performed traditional folk songs. Released on Topic Records in 2010, her debut album, Looking Glass, featured a mix of traditional songs and ballads. In 2010 she also completed her PhD in English folk singing and the construction of community. Fays second album, Orfeo, came two years later in 2012, and saw her backed by the Hurricane Party, consisting of Jon Boden, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Martin Simpson. The following year Fay put together the folk supergroup the Full English, conceived to celebrate the bringing together of folk song collections by the English Folk Song and Dance Society through creation of the most comprehensive and searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances, and customs. After two years of touring with the supergroup, and having received two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Fay returned to focus on her third solo album. Utilizing the skills of the Hurricane Party as her backing, she was also joined by Ben Nicholls from the Full English to record 2016’s album ‘Old Adam’.

Following the 2018-19 Modern Fairies research project, which sought to draw supernatural archival sources to contemporary audiences, Fay released her latest album Wrackline. Exploring ideas of the space between, Wrackline looks to ghosts, fairies, spirits and talking animals to understand what it is about the unknown that entrances us. Working with traditional materials, and developing them with new compositions, Fay explores the feelings they evoke and how they relate to her experience in the contemporary world. Universal ideas of death, love, motherhood echo through time and space. The songs on Wrackline play with these difficult ideas through the eyes of an unobtainable other, whether that be the dearly departed, a fairy from another realm, or the thoughts of animals, gives us space to work through very real social problems. Shifting between lighthearted stories about drunks sitting with pigs, to darker questions about infanticide, Fay breaths life and meaning into old stories presenting them with a fresh twist. Expect to be enveloped in music, woven through magical stories and teased into thinking about your relationship with the world around you.

Rosslyn Court
Expect a small, seated, listening, friendly, quirky venue with a heart – a bar selling beer, wine, cider and hot and cold drinks -nibbly stuff and always a cake. The venue is accessible, on one level. You will be seated at tables or in rows, according to numbers in the audience.
The first hour of concerts is livestreamed on YouTube. You can watch it any time after 7.30 on the night of the concert via the Rosslyn Court Website. There is an exclusive second set for the audience in the room, including a Q&A with the performers. We ask you to make a donation when you watch the livestream to help us to continue this service.
In buying a ticket you are entered for the Rosslyn Court raffle. You may win a CD …or a “Who Gives A Crap” emergency toilet roll! WGAC donate half their profits to water charities and are plastic free. If you donate or engage in the live during the concert you are also entered into the raffle.
There is usually a floor singer and often a 2-minute community slot informing us of what happens locally. The second half starts with a Q&A and is not livestreamed. If you think of something you want to know more about in the first half, just ask! Sometimes there is another floor song.
The concerts usually finish before 10.
Please ring for more details, 07902140248
If you want to see the livestream after midnight please go to the livestream page of the website where all the past livestream live.
See you soon


April 18
7:30 pm BST
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Rosslyn Court
62 Sweyn Road
Margate, CT9 2DD United Kingdom
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