Live At All Hallows’ – Lucy Ward Band – review

We weren’t really sure what to expect but Lucy Ward came highly recommended, so my wife and I were looking forward to her gig at All Hallows and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

Atlum Schema had provided a wonderful start to the evening and it only got better when Lucy and her band took to the stage. Starting with ‘I Cannot Say I Will Not Speak’ from her current album, her set had a mixture of haunting melodies, protest songs, tragic stories and uptempo folk plus some brilliant covers including ‘Hanging on the telephone’ and ‘Come on Eileen’ and also a (very funny) short impromptu version of Gangsta’s Paradise thanks to Belinda O’Hooley! Her passion and enthusiasm shone through on every song and so many stood out –‘ Velvet Sky’, ‘The Last Pirouette’, ‘Shellback’, ‘Lord I don’t want to Die in the Storm’ and ‘Marching through the Green Grass’ from her current album, and’ Alice in the Bacon Box’ and ‘A Stitch in Time’ from her debut album, but the highlight of the evening was probably the protest song ‘For the Dead Men’ – meaningful, powerful and just an incredible song.

Lucy has such an amazing and engaging voice and combined with her humour and wit, this made the gig so entertaining. The standing ovation was well deserved and we hope she comes back to All Hallows soon!

Helen Cockerham

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