The Billy Bragg tweet that led to film score honour for Lucy
AN award-winning Derby folk singer has helped create the soundtrack for a new documentary film after a plug from Billy Bragg on Twitter.
Lucy Ward, 22, helped produce nine pieces of music for Folie á Deux – Madness Made of Two. The film has just premiered in Amsterdam.
And it was all down to musician and left-wing activist Billy, who posted her single, For The Dead Men, on Twitter.
As, a result, film-maker Kim Hopkins heard the single. She then downloaded Lucy's album, Adelphi Has To Fly, and e-mailed her, asking if she could use it for her latest documentary, which she was in the process of editing.
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Lucy said: "Kim loved the song. It was unbelievable. I saw one of her films years ago, which featured Billy Bragg ironically.
"I was astounded that Billy Bragg had heard my music, let alone put it on Twitter.
"I couldn't believe it when Kim contacted me. I thought it was a joke."
The pair exchanged e-mails and, just two weeks before the film was finished, Kim asked Lucy to write, arrange and record material to form the entire soundtrack.
Lucy said: "I had two weeks to prepare and it involved three mad 16-hour days to create nine pieces of music.
"The film follows a family through the banking crisis in England. It's quintessential England and that's the theme I had to work with.
"Kim originally wanted to use the Rolling Stones' song You Can't Always Get What You Want but this didn't end up happening so she said to me she wanted me to create something better than this. I felt under pressure but, when I got into it, felt great."
The film premiered at the Amsterdam Independent Documentary Film Festival on November 17 and Lucy was asked to perform afterwards.
She said: "It was at a beautiful 1920s theatre and there must have been 500 people. To have my songs featured was amazing and to get up and perform after the premiere was the icing on the cake."
Lucy, of Mickleover, began her singing career when she was a teenager. She said: "I started singing at open mic nights when I was 14. It was there that I started to hear folk music and became really interested in it."
In February, Lucy won the Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards in the best newcomer category. She then released her single.