Awake Arise


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Awake, Arise : A Christmas Show For Our Times, is an unmissable one-off collaboration. Five of the English folk scene's most inventive artists have announced a special show, celebrating the riches of varied winter traditions, reflecting on the hope and resilience in music and song, that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.

Award-winning folk trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene (The Guardian). Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song.

The beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith complete the powerful line-up, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim.

Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively Rousing stuff. (The Observer).


Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery appearing at this event

Lady Maisery comprises Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters), Rowan Rheinagans (Fidola) and Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Demon Barbers)) – a striking trio whether singing spellbinding a cappella or accompanying themselves on accordion, harp and violin. They are also one of the first groups in the UK to have revived the tradition of “diddling” or singing tunes, nearly defunct in England but still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.

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Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy & Sid marry the ancient with the modern, through superb multi-instrumentalist folk. Harnessing the tradition and simplicity of beautifully rendered folk music, the duo pair their sung storytelling with a deep integrity and sincerity that stems from their passion for the social themes within the music. There is a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice as well as the occasional love song. Their shows manage to be both hard-hitting and uplifting, securing their reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

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Whitworth Centre

  • Darley Dale
  • Matlock
  • DE4 2EQ

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