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Lisa Knapp: Women Make Music

Lisa Knapp: Women Make Music

A new commission by acclaimed contemporary folk artist Lisa Knapp and first time opportunity to collaborate with equally inventive folk artists Sam Lee and Nathaniel Mann.

Together they will reinvent a collection of British Broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literary and political history. Delving into the collection of Broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Lisa, Sam and Nathaniel lead a five-piece band, and bring to life Broadside Ballads for a new generation.

As part of the development of this special touring project, Lisa spent time with Sam and Nathaniel at the Bodleian Libraries, talking with experts and handling the Broadside Collection. This research will inspire new arrangements and original material for a uniquely contemporary take on broadside ballads.

Sublime singer and fiddle player Lisa Knapp’s debut album Wild & Undaunted propelled her onto the folk scene with refreshing interpretations of traditional folk and highly original songs. Her second album won rave reviews and its track Two Ravens the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track in 2014. Her unique and imaginative use of national institution the Shipping Forecast led to BBC Radio 4’s invitation to present the fascinating documentary Shipping Songs. Lisa continues to tour with her band and feature in prestigious projects rooted in the folk idiom but by no means bound by it.

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