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Idgy Vaughn & Lucy Ward - 4 March 2011

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Currently being hailed as the best new thing out of Texas, this is her first ever show in the U.K.

“…I've played this track probably, you know, six or seven times now over recent months on this program but each time I play it I get huge numbers of requests to play it again… I think she's got a wonderful and tugging voice.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Debut albums this good are few and far between, and in Idgy Vaughn we may well have one of the household names of the future.” www.americana-uk.com

Idgy Vaughn was born in Chillicothe, Missouri (“The Home of Sliced Bread”), to a non-musical hog farming family on the same day that Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Her folks lost their farm and moved to a Mississippi River town. Idgy taught herself to play guitar and became the only songwriter she knew.

Idgy Vaughn writes and plays Texamericana music with all the aplomb and raw magic of an unsocialized farm kid. A single mother, she was a truck stop waitress in Buda, Texas when she met a customer who had won the lottery; he loaned her the money to record her full-length debut, “Origin Story.” After losing her hometown’s talent show to Christian karaoke singers seven years in a row, Idgy went on to win the most prestigious award in the songwriting world: the Kerrville New Folk Competition. Since then, she’s been winning over fans in Texas, across America and around the world. Bob Harris from BBC Radio 2 stumbled across Idgy during the recording process and immediately began airing her songs across Great Britain and Europe.

Idgy Vaughn is a singer-songwriter who doesn’t fit neatly into genre molds like “folk,” “country” or “rock.” Her sad songs are leavened with humor; her catchy, silly songs rub elbows with songs that punch you in the gut and wrench your heart out. Idgy does it all, without apology, prejudice or even knowing any better, delivering great songs in a great voice.

Idgy Vaughn excels at throwing people off their guard, and then knocking them flat. She might traipse onto a stage in a sun dress and cowboy boots, all playful red curls, big green eyes and bigger smile; then she’ll blindside the audience with a song she wrote about raising her daughter as a single mother in the projects, or an equally devastating character study of a co-worker she knew during her “Truckstop Waitress” days.

ORIGIN STORY was on the much-coveted “best of the year” lists by Austin NPR affiliate KUT’s David Brown, the Austin Chronicle’s longtime music writer Margaret Moser, and many, many others.


Lucy Ward:

2010 has carried on where 2009 left off. For Lucy Ward.

After reaching the Finals of the BBC Young Folk Musician Awards (2009) and singing in front of 900 people at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London she filled her time with festivals and support spots for such folk luminaries as Jim Moray, Tams & Coope and Harvey Andrews. The year culminated in a fantastic performance to a six hundred strong audience supporting Seth Lakeman in Chesterfield in October.

This year she has gone from strength to strength, already having supported such folk luminaries as Mawkin Causley, Jez Lowe, Phil Beer and Dave Swarbrick, she has a full summer on the festival circuit with Bromsgrove, Priddy, Broadstairs and Shrewsbury amoungst the many at which she will be performing.

Her song writing is developing and she has recently been involved in the Mills and Chimneys Project, working with other musicians to to write and record new songs about her native Derbyshire.

Lucy is a 20 year old acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar but considers voice to be her first instrument and has been performing regularly since she was 14. Her sets are an eclectic mix of traditional and modern folk interpretations, interspersed with her own songs. There is a natural and easy sound to her music that is brought to life by expressive performance and breath-taking delivery.

Lucy has the ability to still an audience with the strength and purity of her voice, which she uses to great effect on the unaccompanied songs that sprinkle her set. She is now a professional and consummate performer who wows her audience with her genuine and sparkling personality and her stunning voice.