LADY Maisery will demonstrate the ancient art of ‘diddling’ in front of a Malvern audience this month, and the venue of choice will be a local church.

But what will that audience encounter?

A spokesman said: “In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shine brightly.

“In 2016 The Guardian described theirs as ‘some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene’. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.”

But what about that diddling?

The spokesman added: “The trio are one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or ‘diddling’ – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe; this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.”

So now we know.

The spokesman added: “ Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and have released three critically acclaimed albums.

International and performed a contemporary classical secular requiem composed especially for them by award-winning composer Emily Hall. They have also been 2017’s ‘Artists in Residence’ at Halsway Manor Centre for Folk Arts. Lady Maisery’s members are all highly respected performers in their own right.”

The date is March 23, from 7pm at St Peter’s Church in Malvern.

Tickets at: