A TALENTED local girl and her folk-tastic band have just released their critically-acclaimed debut album.
Pilgrims’ Way are a new folk band comprising Lucy Wright, Tom Kitching and Edwin Beasant.
Stamping their feisty and refreshing take on traditional folk firmly on the roots scene, they released their debut album on Monday 11th July.
Lucy Wright is from Blyton, near Gainsborough, and used to attend Queen Elizabeth’s High School.
The band went down a storm when they returned to play Trinity Arts Centre last year.
Her father David Wright, says that she has been passionate about music for many years.
“Our family moved back to Gainsborough when Lucy was three-years-old, my wife being a Gainsborough girl and we have lived in Blyton for 23 years,” says David.
“She was heavily involved in music when at Queen Elizabeth’s High School where, in 2003, she was leader of their orchestra and was also a member of the Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra.”
He continues: “She became an enthusiastic member of the Gainsborough Folk Club who gave her great encouragement to develop her singing skills.”
David adds: “She’s now studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.”
Naming themselves after the Kipling life creed poem, Pilgrims’ Way hit the ground running earlier this year, stamping their feel-good take on folk firmly on the acoustic scene with a mix of devil may care tunes, dewy-eyed love laments and ‘cross-dressing’ ballads.
“Pilgrims’ Way are the real deal,” says BBC Radio 2 DJ Mike Harding.
“I am genuinely impressed by their understanding and feel for the music.”
He adds: “They’re a young band I expect to hear great things from in the future.”
Pilgrims’ Way’s debut album Wayside Courtesies is out now on Fellside Records and the band are touring the country throughout the summer.
To buy their album, listen to their music or for more information you can visit www.myspace.com/pilgrimswaymusic or www.pilgrims-way.net.
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