LISA KNAPP: The Guardian says she’s a south London folk-Bjork

Date/Time Sun 26 Nov 2017 7:45 PM

Price Online - £12 + £1.20 booking fee; On The Door - £12


Lisa Knapp emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut ‘Wild And Undaunted’, a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song, with fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings and banjo and sonic delights from the technological age. She was born and grew up in south London. Her musical development led her through drum and bass, teenage raves, acid house and an electric guitar bought to learn Jimi Hendrix songs. In her teens, she came across folk music when she heard a friend’s parents’ record collection. She then found for herself the extraordinary voices and vivid stories of Annie Briggs, Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy and Pentangle and she was hooked! In the intervening years, Lisa has established and evolved her own distinctive voice – absorbing a wide range of influences and inspirations – and crafting a sound song writing skill, at once beautiful, dramatic and adventurous.

The 2013 follow-up ‘The Hidden Seam’ carried on her exploration in combining atmospheric sound textures with field recordings and in early 2014 one of the tracks earned her the accolade of a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song (‘Two Ravens’)

On her third album, ‘Til April is out’ released this Spring Knapp takes twelve tracks on dazzling, occasionally frightening journeys. Hooting owls and Radio Ballad-like descriptions of rituals give opener The Night Before May a sinister edge, while Staines Morris’s thundering rhythms are full of lust, earth and glee. A tender, sparse duet with long-time folk-lover Graham Coxon, ‘Searching for Lambs’ is another highlight, while Knapp’s voice throughout is a relevation, both pure and wild, springing free. Cuckoos, whirring clocks and buzzing flies add extra layers to this fascinating soundworld, on an album overflowing with warmth, light and waywardness.

At TwickFolk Lisa will perform solo accompanying herself on an array of instruments. Lisa plays fiddle, clarsach, autoharp, banjo and shruti box and we can also expect some ‘looping’ and other technical wizardry.

‘Lisa Knapp pushes the boat out into new and uncharted waters’. **** 4 Stars Songlines

‘A truly compelling voice’ fRoots