This is a hybrid gig, hosted in partnership with Déda in Derby, so you can go along in person or watch online.
Ward Knutur Townes found their sound when the world fell silent. In 2020, these three singer-songwriters (Lucy Ward, Svavar Knutur and Adyn Townes) were selected to take part in a virtual global music-sharing experiment called Global Music Match. Teamed up together, they spent several lockdowns turning their stories into soft harmonies and intricate melodies. This year, they cashed in their stagnant travel points and recorded their debut album in Iceland. It will be released in October 2023 and accompanied by an extensive UK tour.
The album is an evocative and seamless blend of these three critically acclaimed artists’ signature styles; it is heartfelt and powerful, with songs that take in the breadth of the human condition. It is an album that masterfully explores love, mystery, folklore and longing, each track united by having great storytelling at its heart.
On stage, the rapport between Ward Knutur Townes is effervescent. Each one of them is skilled in holding an audience alone, so there is an utter magic to watching their joyful, authentic camaraderie unfold. Audiences are welcomed as friends and leave a WKT show having laughed and cried; feeling truly uplifted by their epic stage presence and, undoubtedly, moved by their music.
About the artists
Lucy Ward (Derbyshire, UK) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and powerhouse performer with a unique ability to inhabit the heart of each song she sings. A BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, her songs are a mixture of evocative imagery, quiet beauty, passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one.
Svavar Knutur (Iceland) is a gentle but coarse and decadent troubadour. His roots lie in the eastern and northern fjords of Iceland, known for their respective melancholic poetry and rugged gruffness. Knutur is a humorous storyteller and avid diver into the murky waters of the human
condition, always seeking a mixture of art, philosophy and entertainment.
Adyn Townes (New Brunswick, Canada) is an award-winning alternative folk artist who uses self-deprecating banter and heartfelt lyrics to disarm any audience. A five-times International Songwriting Competition finalist, Townes’ unique voice and honest songwriting set the stage for
a show that is high energy, yet intimate; beautiful, yet clever.