Both multi-instrumentalists, Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti accompany strong vocal melodies with guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and a variety of percussion, layering sounds carefully and minimally to atmospheric effect. Laura and Adam are joined regularly in the studio and on the stage by the skilled and strings of violinist, Tom Pryor. Together they create a unique live sound and as such Hickory Signals is enjoying a busy performance schedule and a growing following.
Previous live show highlights include headlining ‘Folk Rising’ at Cecil Sharp House in 2015, support slots for the likes of Buddy Whittington, Blazin’ Fiddles, Stick in the Wheel and Hattie Briggs, Club Tent stage slots at Cambridge Folk Festivals 2014, 2015 and 2016 plus a number of local festival slots. Hickory Signals supported acclaimed Canadian folk band, Le Vent Du Nord, at the Ropetackle Centre in Shoreham By Sea in August 2016 to an enraptured audience. The duo will be supporting Rod Clements of Lindisfarne in early 2018. For a full list of upcoming gigs, head over to the shows page.
Hickory Signals’ second EP, ‘Noise of the Waters’, produced by Stick in the Wheel’s Ian Carter, was released in November 2016 to critical acclaim. The duo is now working on a full length album, to be released Autumn 2018.
Laura and Adam are part of five-piece folk collective, Bird in the Belly. Together the band have been collecting and arranging traditional material and will release their debut album in March 2018. For up to date news about the album and for the band’s live tour schedule, check out their Facebook page.
The duo also runs their own monthly live music night at a beautiful arts venue in Shoreham By Sea; the West Street Loft. The events run on the 4th Friday of each month and have been established for around two years. Phil Jones of Hatful of Rain called the night “one of the most important roots evenings on the South Coast”. All West Street Loft events are listed on the shows page. Bands wishing to play a night should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR NEXT WEST STREET LOFT SHOWCASE WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 26th JAN 2018. We’ll be presenting Bernard Hoskin.
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