HAZEL Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans have a terrific approach to harmony singing and 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, they are deft explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song.

During the past five years, as Lady Maisery, the bold and innovative trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and on Tuesday, May 14 (8pm), take their intelligent and thoughtful arrangements to Ulverston's Coronation Hall for a Furness Tradition gig.

Hazel, Hannah and Rowan are also some of the nation's foremost proponents of mouth music, or 'diddling', a form of singing without words. All three are accomplished instrumentalists; their many songs are accompanied by Rowan’s fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s accordion and foot percussion.

Since the release of their debut album in 2011, Weave and Spin - which was named Album of the Week by the Independent newspaper - Lady Maisery have attracted plenty of attention, including being nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and regularly appear live on national radio. Their second album Mayday in 2013, a darker and more politically coloured record, cemented their reputation as a truly unique band.

Their much anticipated third recording, Cycle, was released in October 2016 alongside a sell-out 23 date tour and more rave reviews from the national press. The Guardian described it as "some of the most some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene."

The trio are also key members of the supergroup Songs of Separation whose debut album and stunning premiere at Celtic Connections festival pushed them straight into the indie album charts top 20 in January 2016.

Tickets from the Coro box office on 01229-587140.

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Following on, Furness Tradition stage another show on May 17 (7pm) at the Laurel and Hardy Museum at Ulverston, featuring the double bill of Gift of the Gab and Cosmotheka.

Tickets online at www.furnesstradition.org.uk.