A FOLK singer who honed her craft in the pubs and clubs of Burton and South Derbyshire has soundtracked a new documentary by an award-winning director.
Lucy Ward, who appears in North West Leicestershire tomorrow (Saturday, November 24), has written and performed the soundtrack for Folie A Deux —Madness Made Of Two.
The film is the latest work by Kim Hopkins, who made the criticallyacclaimed documentary Man In The Sand, featuring Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg and Wilco Johnson (Dr Feelgood).
The tie-up came about after Hopkins read a tweet by Bragg in which he described Ward’s debut single, For The Dead Men, as ‘powerful and inspirational’, prompting the director to download Ward’s debut album, Adelphi Has To Fly.
After a brief meeting over tea and cake and an exchange of emails, Hopkins not only asked Ward for permission to use the single in her film, but commissioned her to write, arrange and record new material to form the entire soundtrack, performed by the Derby artist with Hungarian fiddle player Barnabas Balazs.
“It’s just so exciting,” said Ward, fresh from performing at the film’s premiere in Amsterdam.
“I get an email out of the blue and then three months later I’ve written a soundtrack! It will be so surreal to see my name on the big screen and hear my music underpinning what I think is a really brilliant and thought-provoking documentary”.
Shot over five years and set in Gray’s Court, York, reputedly the oldest house in England, the film aims to depict the ‘human cost of the banking crisis’, depicting the ups and downs of daily life in a large bohemian family.
In addition to the film score, Ward has just written songs and music for Robin Hood, the latest production by touring theatre company Oddsocks, and has somehow found time to cram in recording sessions for her second album, due for release in the summer.
The New Year will see her working with Fellside Records as one of four artists chosen to record the companion album to the latest New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.
Meanwhile, she will appear along with five other acts to represent English Folk Music at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, will make her first North American appearance in Toronto and has confirmed festival bookings at venues including Shrewsbury, Beverley and Southwell.
Before all that, she appears at the Century Theatre on Snibston Discovery Park, in Ashby Road, Coalville, tomorrow with doors opening at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.
Support comes from South Derbyshire alt-folk outfit Green Fortune. Tickets are priced £10 on the door or £8 in advance by calling the box office on 01530 278444.