Back in 1995, five of the finest folk, blues and soul singers of their generation found themselves at the Cambridge Festival, decided to sing some songs together, magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off.
“At the time Daphne’s Flight was seen as marking a turning point in the role of women within the English folk movement,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
The group will be appearing at Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber, on Saturday, May 27.
Now, more than two decades after their impressive and much loved debut album Daphne’s Flight, the remarkable ensemble of Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthew, Helen Watson and Chris While have once again got together again – older, wiser and twice as powerful!
Their second album (and the first in 21 years) Knows Time, Knows Change was released at the beginning of May and according to Liz “’the repertoire crosses a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic songs – all woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion.
“These live well-matched female artists have come up with an inspired offering,” Liz carried on. “The music of Daphne’s Flight is a unique and magical blend of their five individual styles, completely captivating now as it was then – with the same magical blend of simplicity and sensitivity as on their debut recording, but now with a powerful new layer of weight and gravitas”
From the 1990s to the present day these women have woven their way in and out of each other’s lives working together on albums, tours and ultimately the collaboration at the Cambridge Festival that begun this unique collaboration, recording their first album and then going on to record and perform independently.
With as much energy and enthusiasm as they ever had, Daphne’s Flight is as excited to be reuniting again as we are to hear them play,” added Liz.
Tickets to see Daphne’s Flight cost £18 in advance or £20 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.