James Findlay
Vocal, guitar, fiddle
Jackie Oates
Vocal, fiddle
The Liberty to Choose
'The Liberty to Choose' is a celebration of the best in English traditional song.  In this special performance, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, James Findlay and Brian Peters combine their talents to producesuperb arrangements of rare gems and old favourites from the landmark collection, 'The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs', with fiddles, guitars, melodeon and concertina, and four great voices combining in harmony.

Originally conceived by Brian for the 2013 CD of the same name (Fellside Records FECD257,  also featuring Bella Hardy) 'The Liberty to Choose' proves that the old songs stand the test of time!
The Team:
From a family of folk singers, James is a talented instrumentalist and singer who is passionate about traditional songs, especially those from his home area of Dorset, Somerset and Devon.  James won the BBC Young Folk Award in 2010 and has released two CDs on Fellside.
Brian Peters
Vocal, melodeon, guitar concertina, mandolin
Musical director of the project, Brian has been a professional on the folk scene for 27 years,  touring worldwide and gaining a reputation as one of England’s finest interpreters of traditional ballads, as well as being a formidable multi-instrumentalist on squeezebox and guitar
Jackie has starred in some of the most important collaborative projects of the last ten years, from the Cecil Sharp Project to the Imagined Village.  She is also an accomplished solo singer and fiddle player, winning the BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2008.
Lucy Ward
Vocal, guitar
Another ‘Best Newcomer’ - in the 2012 Folk Awards - Lucy’s winning stage presence and passionate delivery have made a big impact on the folk scene. Her eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs and occasional pop covers, but she can turn in a powerful performance of a traditional song too.
Hear samples:
Liberty CD at
Fellside Records
“Thoroughly satisfying, rich in not only inventive approaches but also some imaginative surprises… treating the songs with respect, but not deference.” The Living Tradition
The original ‘Liberty’ line-up onstage at Cheltenham Folk Festival, 2014