Sat 24 Dec: Hickory Signals ‘Turn To Fray’ Album Launch with support from Sophie Crawford

The Guardian ‘Folk Album Of The Month’ Nov 2018 – ‘, atmospheric and deeply affecting…stunning’ ★★★★

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 mins walk.

£7.00 Adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door


Brighton-based folk duo release their debut album, ‘Turn to Fray’.

Hickory Signals are multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti. Combining Laura Ward’s crystal clear, formidable folk voice with guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and a variety of percussion, the band’s set combines re-interpretations of traditional folk songs with original, self-penned material. Layer ing sounds sensitively and minimally to atmospheric effect, their music has been described as haunting, cinematic, un-rushed and detailed.

Ken Brown of FATEA Magazine said of Hickory Signals “Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere…. Laura Ward does indeed have a lovely voice… almost a slightly more melodious Maddy Prior…” 

The album was mixed by Ian Carter (Stick In The Wheel), mastered by Lowland Masters and will be released through GF*M Records and Proper Distribution.

“The songs float from past to present to past seamlessly, with shades of Sandy Denny and a beauty crucial to the trad folk movement back then” – Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression

“Ward has one of the most pure, charming and elegant voices on the circuit today…” – Joe Knipe, Artree Folk and Roots Magazine

“Laura Ward’s vocals elevate [Hickory Signals] into a rarefied atmosphere…” Samuel Valdéz López, Now Then Magazine

“Hickory Signals is a band keyed in to the wistful passing of time and the melancholic awe of the natural world” – Jon Doyle, Wake the Deaf

“A haunting female vocal, and a beautiful picked guitar….Ward’s voice has a clarity which grabs your attention, particularly in the upper register, and it is this which gives interest to this recording…. Hickory Signals are certainly a duo to watch for the future.” – Will Wilkins, Bright Young Folk

Sophie Crawford is a North London based folk singer offering fresh and exciting interpretations of traditional songs accompanying herself on accordion, dulcimer and ukulele.

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves – for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.

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