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Folk trio launch their new album
Folk trio Said The Maiden are making two visits to Birmingham as part of their 2017 Here's A Health UK tour. The Hertfordshire group play The Red Lion in Shirley on November 3 and The Dark Horse in Moseley on November 26.
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together.
After performing at their local Redbourn Folk Club, the group soon gained a great deal of interest on the local and national folk circuit, securing major support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country.
They have opened for The Full English, The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Clannad, Cara Dillon, False Lights and Fairport Convention. They also joined legendary fiddler, the late Dave Swarbrick, on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 2014, and released their debut album, A Curious Tale, in June of the same year. The group went on to release their EP, Of Maids And Mariners, in 2016.
Their second studio album, Here's A Health, is launched at The Water Rats in London on November 1, 2017. It showcases the trio's ever-developing sound, featuring their trademark soaring a capella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. It also includes covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition.
Said The Maiden were awarded Bristol Folk Festival's prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015 and were voted 'Best Act' by the public at the 2015 Great British Folk Festival's Introducing Stage. This year they have won the 2017 Folking Awards 'Rising Star' prize and received a nomination in the NMG Awards for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.
After being at school together, Jess, Hannah and Kathy went their separate ways but, on meeting again a few years later, they found they each loved folk music.
Says Kathy: ''I started listening to folk music while I was at university. I heard people playing songs at parties and often found that they were folk songs and started to learn about this whole modern folk scene that I had been previously unaware of. Admittedly it was also through John Tams, whom I came across through excessive viewing of the TV series Sharpe.''
Hannah adds: ''I have loved discovering more and more about the folk genre as Said The Maiden has grown over time.''
Jess says: ''I guess folk music was always on in my house as I was growing up. My mum was a big fan of the TV show Robin of Sherwood, which had an incredible soundtrack by Clannad. I didn't start really listening to folk music and taking an interest in the tradition until I was about 21 and at university. I saw a trailer for Seth Lakeman's then latest album, Kitty Jay, and was amazed to see, not only foot stomping fiddle music in the charts, but also someone playing the violin and singing at the same time. I had never seen anything like that before and it blew my mind!''
Said The Maiden 2017 UK tour dates:
Oct 26: Music and Arts Centre, Barnoldswick; Oct 27: Gala Theatre, Durham;
Oct 28: Arts Centre, Stockton;
Nov 1: The Water Rats, London (album launch);
Nov 3: The Red Lion, Shirley, Birmingham;
Nov 4: Unison Club, Lincoln;
Nov 9: The Tunnels, Bristol;
Nov 10: Christ Church Centre, Norwich;
Nov 11: The Railway, Winchester;
Nov 12: Parish Church, Kingskerswell, Devon;
Nov 13: Rook Lane Chapel, Frome;
Nov 15: Folk Club, Faversham;
Nov 16: Folk at the Drum, Ashford;
Nov 19: Pavillion Theatre, Whitby;
Nov 23: The Greystones, Sheffield;
Nov 24: Library Theatre, Darwen;
Nov 26: The Dark Horse, Moseley, Birmingham;
Nov 28: Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Westcliffe On Sea;
Nov 30: Folk Club, Uxbridge.