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"Music festival folk sensation wins recording studio opportunity"

A FINANCIAL administrator at a care home is banking on becoming the next folk rock sensation after captivating audiences with her melodies at this year’s Worcester Music Festival.
Singer and guitarist Lea Haworth has won the chance to record her music professionally after being voted the act with the best audience reaction at the celebration of live music in August.
The 24-year-old from Blackpole, who cites Brit Award winner Laura Marling as an inspiration, will get to spend two days laying down tracks at The Old Smithy in Kempsey, Worcestershire, which helped launch the careers of Robert Plant, Judas Priest and Edwin Starr.
Lea beat more than 250 other bands and artists who performed at the festival to the £700 prize, stopping shoppers in their tracks during her set outside the Guildhall on the High Street and captivating audiences at the Horn and Trumpet and Hand in Glove pubs.
The professional recording session is a dream come true for Lea, who, until now, has only been able to share her music with the world via low quality recordings through her laptop.
“I had been thinking of saving up to record my music for a while and was completely shocked when they told me I’d won,” she said. “I had so much fun playing at this year’s festival and, being Worcester born and bred, it was particularly special for me to be able to play and hear my voice outside the Guildhall. To win this prize on top of that is just amazing for me.”
Lea first developed a love for music aged 15, going on to become lead singer in a hardcore heavy metal band. When her voice could “no longer hack the screaming”, she used her increased range to her advantage, creating acoustic versions of the band’s thrashing tracks.
Influenced by Detroit’s Spencer Bell, Lea started penning what she describes as honest music using metaphors and allegories, not necessarily about big battles, but day to day happenings.
During her time at The Old Smithy, she hopes to record two original tracks; The Reprise, which features darker lyrics offset by a jaunty tune, and The Gentlemen of Dublin, an ode to the likes of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce and a homage to her own Irish roots.
“We wanted, this year, to give one band or artist the chance to take their music to the next level,” said Worcester Music Festival chairman Brian Hoggard. “While there were many hits, people were completely drawn in by Lea’s performances and we felt she made the biggest impression. We hope this prize allows her to share her music with a much wider audience.”
The Old Smithy, considered the top studio in the West Midlands, has recorded everything from traditional rock and acoustic groups, hip hop and dance acts to exotic jazz and ethnic group arrangements. It offers a Steinway concert grand piano and high quality vocal microphones.
For more information on Worcester Music Festival, which takes place next year from August 17-19, visit www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk or follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter. To hear Lea’s music, visit www.myspace.com/leahaworth
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Worcester Music Festival
Worcester Music Festival is an annual event started in 2008 to support and encourage live, local and original music in Worcester and is staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings around or near the city centre. Festival events take place at over 30 venues, with a line-up in the region of 200 bands and musicians. Entry to the majority of venues is free of charge, but there are a few exceptions.
The Festival is a non-profit making event run by an enthusiastic team of 25+ volunteers, largely local musicians or people associated with the Worcester music scene. Not only does it provide a showcase for local musical talent of all genres, but it provides education and professional development opportunities through a variety of workshops and clinics. Each year the Festival supports different local charities selected from a list of nominations. Money for the charities is raised by way of a raffle, donations, collection buckets at venues and merchandising sales.
Release date: 5th September 2011
- Worcester Evening News


Discography

(as Ellision) - Ellision
(as Lea Haworth) - Mountain vs Goat
(as Lea Haworth) - Silver/The Reprise (double single release)

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Former screamer for a hardcore metal band, singer Lea Haworth threw in the towel once her damaged vocal cords could no longer serve their purpose. Luckily, the experience left her with a brand new lower octave and the insatiable need to create. Several terrible songs later, she discovered good music from which to learn, her influences spreading from Detroit's Spencer Bell to New York's Drew & The Medicinal Pen, with a helping of John Frusciante, Tin Tin Can, The Stevedores, Beirut, Rolling Stones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now she plays as Hunter in the Daisies and despairs of the nine-to-five while dreaming of The Road.