Press & Reviews

"Ivy" album review:
"Imaginative and pleasing arrangements of tunes - fascinating! The last song unashamedly brings back echoes of the Watersons. Cupola are well worth seeing live, this album gives a good taste!"
Colin Andrews

DanceCupola Quote:
"What a joy! Solid rhythms from the back line of bass and mandola underpin the distinct and exciting music from 3 supreme melody musicians. The combination gives you DanceCupola. They are just fabulous to dance to and the subtlety of the arrangements and harmonies make for a truly splendid listening experience as well. Calling with them is sublime and I never want the nights to end."
Martyn Harvey

Not only did Lucy Ward’s silver boots sparkle, but so did the audience as it gave a warm welcome to Cupola:Ward at this Launch Party of their first headlining concert at Derby Guildhall. These two Derby-based folk acts joined together to present an unusual blend of music and song.

Cupola, also celebrating 5 years together, comprises of Doug Eulson (Hurdy Gurdy/Melodeon), Sarah Matthews (Singer/Songwriter/Fiddle) and Oli Matthews (Clarinet//Drums) with Lucy Ward (singer/songwriter/guitarist) whose successful solo career is flying high, as her loyal Derbyshire fans know.

They kicked off the concert with the traditional ‘Bone Lace Weaver’. Doug started playing the hurdy gurdy, followed by Sarah on fiddle and Oli on clarinet with a hint of Eastern European flavour weaving through. Lucy, with her uniquely powerful and vibrant vocals, got the audience foot tapping. This surprising mixture and over layering of musical arrangements and choice of songs was to be a theme running through their first full flown gig together.

The familiar traditional folk songs, such as ‘John Barleycorn’, ‘Down to the River to Pray’ and ‘Cotton Mills Of Cromford’ were peppered with more modern day songs. Their folkie rendition of Jim Reeves country style song ‘When God Dips His Pen Of Love Into My Heart’ was an enjoyable surprise. And their interpretations of Bob Dylan’s ‘One More Cup of Coffee’, the Beatles ‘Nowhere Man’ and Britney Spears ‘Baby One More Time’ delighted all. In fact Britney Spears should return the compliment and record one of Sarah’s or Lucy’s songs.

But the overall delight was their finely accomplished, intricate vocal harmonies and rich mixture of musical arrangements. All these were brought together for the final encore of Derby-born, Dave Sudbury’s poignant and moving song of a famous racing pigeon called ‘King Of Rome’, bred by pigeon fancier Charles Hudson, who, in fact, used to write for Derby Telegraph in the early 1900’s.

Both acts are busy in their own right. Cupola is off playing not only in the UK, but also in Europe and Canada. Lucy Ward. having won numerous awards, in her short successful time on the Folk Scene, has been nominated for more in 2014.

The Telegraph






Kirsty Bromley

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Sat 5th Dec - David Gibb Band - Barbour Institute, Tattenhall

Sat 5th Dec - Steamchicken - Coventry Playford Ceilidh

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Wed 16th Dec - Cupola - Ely Folk Club

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