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The Guardian folk album of the month, November 2018 ”Direct, atmospheric and deeply affecting‘ – The Guardian ★★★★ 16 November edition Full Review

Runner-up fRoots ‘Editor’s Choice’ Album of the Year in 2018 Critics’ Poll “intelligent, atmospheric, distinctive’ – fRoots (View Article)

A brave and assured debut -both musicians have jobs working with vulnerable people and their sensitivity to everyday struggles and suffering permeates this album‘ ★★★ Songlines Magazine (View Article)

‘Laura’s impressive voice is strong, clear and unadorned…. a very encouraging debut‘ ★★★★ RnR Magazine

An album to be enjoyed and explored… it sits beautifully in its authenticity and thought provoking lyrical content” – FATEA Full Review

A striking debut… as old as time and as modern as the moment” – English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Magazine (Winter 2018 Edition)

Turn to Fray is an extraordinarily powerful work, sometimes painful, sometimes rather surreal and always absorbing” – Full Review

Laura has a fine voice, straight out of Anne Briggs” The Living Tradition (Feb 2019 edition)

“There is a worldliness to their arrangements and their delivery”Folk Monthly  (Jan 2019 edition)

A fine collection of songs both new and old, original and traditional, each delivered in a clear and unpretentious manner with a clear and unpretentious message” – Northern Sky Magazine Full Review


Feature: Fatea Showcase Sessions Spring 2019: Wander – FATEA Records

Feature: fRoots ‘Album Choice’ Radio Playlist, Nov 2018 – fRoots Magazine

BBC Radio 6 Music – Tom Robinson show

The Mike Harding Folk Show – “Hickory Signals have been making a lot of good music recently”

BBC Radio Wales – Frank Hennessy’s Celtic Heartbeat show

BBC Radio Sheffield – New Traditions show with Greg Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire – The Folk Show

Swindon FM – Interview on Mike Ganley’s The Crooked Road show

Folk Radio UK ‘Noise of the Waters’ EP premiere + Song of the Week

Americana UK ‘Noise of the Waters’ EP feature

Wake the Deaf ‘Noise of the Waters’ video premier


Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere…. Laura Ward does indeed have a lovely voice… almost a slightly more melodious Maddy Prior…” – Ken Brown, FATEA Magazine

A bottle-clanking selection of new proper British folk music” – Muff Fitzgerald, Americana UK

Ward has one of the most pure, charming and elegant voices on the circuit today… Noise of the Waters is one of the most stunning and versatile EPs to have emerged this year” – Joe Knipe, Artree Folk and Roots Magazine

Noise of the Waters showcases the duo’s obvious flair for musical arrangement” – Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky

The arrangements in each track are beautiful … Ward’s vocals elevate Noise of the Waters into a rarefied atmosphere…Samuel Valdéz López, Now Then Magazine

The songs float from past to present to past seamlessly, with shades of Sandy Denny and a beauty crucial to the trad folk movement back then” – Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression
“Hickory Signals isa band keyed in to the wistful passing of time and the melancholic awe of the natural world” – Jon Doyle, Wake the Deaf

“The second EP from the Brighton folk duo provides a mix of their own material alongside the traditional on a platform which highlights their knack of adding their own original musical perspective.” – Mike Ainscoe, Louder than War

“Beautiful linear takes on some trad folk songs, as well as touching original songs. They evoke big skies and deserts in widescreen cinema with warm exposure. It’s dreamy stuff – unrushed and detailed. Laura’s voice soaring and flipping against Adam’s rhythmic drone guitar and judicious cajon beats.” – Gus Macgregor, singer/songwriter

A haunting female vocal, and a beautiful picked guitar: it’s a tried and tested formula, and one which Hickory Signals certainly exploit well on this eponymous EP, their debut studio release… Ward’s voice has a clarity which grabs your attention, particularly in the upper register, and it is this which gives interest to this recording…. Ward’s voice matches nicely with Ronchetti’s guitar, and some tastefully added strings… The best track is the deceptively simple Wagon, which shows off Ward’s stunning range with some tricky leaps… On the strength of this, Hickory Signals are certainly a duo to watch for the future.” – Will Wilkins, Bright Young Folk

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Lead singer Laura Ward has one of the most pure and beautiful folk sounds I’ve heard in a long time. With a lineup of banjo, flute, guitar, harmonica and vocals Hickory Signals quickly became one of my most exciting finds this month. With the delicate musical orchestration which gently cradled the purest vocals of Laura Ward, Hickory Signals drew the whole audience in to the story, lyrics and instrumentation of their set.” – Eva Howells, Brighton’s Finest

Laura had the audience spellbound with her astounding vocal range.” – Bill Brown, Shoreham Herald

Harnessing inspirations and carving their own interpretations of traditional Irish folk music was the shining dagger that opened an entire room of hearts at the Brunswick last month. Laura’s vocals and Adam’s finger picking are a joy to become absorbed in.” – Richard Ward (no relation!), Overhead Wires Promotions

“The pair are an incredibly talented, multi-instrumentalist folk act. The singer, Laura has a very powerful voice which she uses to belt out some hard-hitting notes. She also played the flute and used a little shruti box. Meanwhile, Adam sat on top of a cajon, tapped a tambourine with his foot and played the guitar, all at the same time. Some of their songs consisted of poetry which they had put to music, old Irish folk songs and original tracks. They were a marvel to behold and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of their songs start off low-key and calm and ramp up to an energetic, entrancing crescendo.” – Matt Wright, Muzik Speaks