azel performs regularly on the folk and early music scenes as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her voice has been described as "captivating" (fRoots) and she sings the lead vocals in The Askew Sisters as well as being one third of vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery and part of The Artisans.
In 2013 she was a soloist in Emily Hall's secular requiem 'Rest' and she has also sung for dance and theatre productions. Hazel is one of the top melodeon players in the country and plays it most regularly with The Askew Sisters, but has also played with artists such as Bella Hardy, Kathryn Tickell, Sam Lee and Maz O'Connor. She is becoming increasingly known as a folk harpist for her work with Lady Maisery, but also plays medieval harps with groups such as The Artisans, Joglaresa and The Dufay Collective. In 2010 she was a soloist on flute and melodeon in Orlando Gough's offbeat requiem 'Deadhead', which premiered at Brighton Early Music Festiaval.
Hazel is often touring in the UK and there is more information about her main performing projects below:
Vocals, Melodeon and Concertina
arrangements of traditional music, striking versions of tricky ballads –
this is traditional folk in a fine, fresh form."
The Askew Sisters is Hazel's long running duo with her sister Emily.
Over the last decade they have made a name for themselves on the folk scene with their striking interpretations of traditional songs and tunes.
From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.
Their latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim and won Best Traditional Album at the 2015 Spiral Earth Awards.
For information and their next live performances see: www.askewsisters.co.uk
Vocals, Harp, Concertina
Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They've packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work." Songlines *****
Lady Maisery is forged from the combined voices of Hazel, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans. Together they have taken the folk scene by storm, exploring vocal harmony to breathtaking effect and accompanying themselves on fiddle, harp, accordion, banjo, concertina and foot percussion. As well as enchanting audiences with innovative re-workings of old songs and ballads, Lady Maisery have broken new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still found in many other folk traditions across the world.
They have been nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Newcomer, Spiral Earth Awards for Best Debut and Best Group, and have made various live appearances on BBC radio.
For information and their next live performances see: www.ladymaisery.com
Medieval harp, vocals
The Artisans are an exciting band who create fresh interpretations of medieval and renaissance music. Formed of musicians from diverse backgrounds in folk, world and early music, they bring together a broad experience from different genres. From exotic dance tunes to rousing chorus songs, they play a range of fascinating instruments including recorders, bagpipes, vielle, harp, rebec, symphony, oud and a variety of percussion. They have toured across the country and have performed live on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.
For information and their next live performances see: