Hazel and Emily Askews sheer energy and musicality is quickly leading them to become one of the up and coming acts of the English music scene, with their foot stomping tunes, and powerful songs and ballads. They respect the tradition whilst demonstrating awareness of contemporary styles, and play with an enjoyment and love for the music that is infectious.
Emily Askew Fiddle, Backing Vocals, Cello
Hazel Askew Vocals, Melodeon
Emily and Hazel, born and bred in London, grew up around folk music through annual family holidays to Sidmouth Folk Festival. Emily started off as a classical cello, recorder and piano player, but decided learn the fiddle when she realised festivals didnt provide many workshops for her other instruments! Twas painful at first, but the family (and neighbours) managed to get through it! She is now studying early music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she has also started to learn the medieval fiddle and baroque oboe. Hazel also started playing classical flute, harp and piano but then decided she would like to play a big, loud, Englishy instrument and taught herself the melodeon, much to the dismay of everyone who had to listen to her practising! In the last few years she decided to take up singing (including the odd bit of opera!) and enjoys researching old ballads and songs. She will also go on to study music.
Now performing together as a duo at festivals and clubs, they've clearly impressed folks, building up experience by playing at some of the countries top festivals and folk clubs. In the last few years they have also danced and played for morris, rapper sword and Appalachian teams.