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Lisa sings opening track on 'Answer Ballads' - new album by David Rotheray

Hidden Seam and I also reside here


Lisa Knapp is an Associate Artist of 



  Lisa Knapp Cover feature!!!!

 in this month fRoots Magazine 

Whats more, Two Ravens from

Hidden Seam is featured on the

 fRoots Playlist this month!



****Live Review

SHIPPING SONG ON @BBC6Music. Listen again...

Lovely to hear Shipping Song sailing along on the Sunday programme.

Listen again...



2 tracks  played on the singularly marvellous BBC Radio 3 Late Junction with Fiona Talkington on Tuesday.  

Hip hip hoooooray!  Listen again...


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BBC Live Session now available on iTunes/Amazon


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Goodbye Summer

Hello all,

With Lyme Folk Festival, and Moseley Folk Festival creeping upon us this coming weekend will bring to an end my/our summer Festival season of 2014.  With a solo performance at fRoots Cellar at Sidmouth Folkweek, full band at Suffolk's FolkEast and Shambala in Northamptonshire last week we've been kept on our toes. We welcomed our first performance with new recruit Rex Horan on double bass (Shambala).  I say we, that means Gerry Diver (producer, md, fiddle, keyboards +), Fred Thomas (our usual bass player), and Paul Glover on drums.  We also had the pleasure of the beautiful, dulcit tones of Kate Arnold on hammered dulcimer when she joined us specially for the immensely enjoyable Folk East gig.  Many thanks to all the festivals who invited us to play, and to all those who came (& come) to see us, please do Tweet & F/book if you've enjoyed the show and I hope we'll see some of you when we go on tour in October.  Do have a look at the gigs page to check out dates and venues.  


From the fRoots Cellar at Sidmouth Folkweek

Courtesy of fRoots & Carmen Hunt


Hunting the Hare at Folk East in Suffolk

 Courtesy of Kathy Baxendale @ Folk East

Incedentally, I was invited up to BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on 15th August for a live session. I'm afraid the programme is no longer available to hear but here's a link to music played...  We met the delightful Suzy Klein who interviewed myself and as it is school holidays my daughter, who's only 11, and absolutely loved it in the live studio!  Gerry joined me for Shipping Song and I sang Beggar Beggar myself.  


Summer is acome, aint it just!

Well it has here, finally, over the last few days anyway.  I have/am moved/moving house and am entwined in the chaotic yet delightful set of events which ensue with such an activity.  However, I am finding time to learn new songs, as always, this time for two up-coming occasions which are special one offs.

Firstly, this Sunday 15th June, I shall be singing a short half hour set at London's Foundling Museum who this weekend are celebrating their 10th birthday.  There are some specially comissioned brand new artworks on show by luminaries such as Grayson Perry (!) and many other amazing folkists singing and playing in the afternoon... more info here...

Secondly, a film is going to be made about an all time musical hero of mine, the wonderful Shirley Collins.  I am so happy about this I could jump in the air and shout, but no-one would hear me as there's nobody in so perhaps I'll just learn a few more of her songs instead.   On 22nd of June at Dalstons Cafe Oto there will be an evening of talks, screenings, performance and music, co-hosted by Stewart Lee, to launch a major crowd fund campaign which is to be managed by the newly inaugurated Shirley Collins Foundation.   Shirley herself and Pip Barnes, The Belles of London City, Alasdair Roberts & Sam Lee will also be in attendance and I hope to sing a couple of ditties myself.... now which ones to chose?  There's lots more about the project on Shirley's Website here..

More info on the Cafe Oto event here...

More info here

See ya soon. 



Brand New Remix of Shipping Song - streaming now at Huffington Post

Drum Meister Pete Flood (Bellowhead) has finished a remix of Shipping Song.  We think it's rather fab - here it is....



Shipping Song Video



Triple Nominations from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Hidden Seam & Lisa Knapp

I am absolutely delighted and honoured to announce that Hidden Seam and I have been nominated in no less than 3 (!!!) categories at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013!!!

The categories I'm included in are Folk Singer Of The Year, Best Album and Best Non-Traditional Track for Two Ravens (which the wonderful Martin Carthy so beautifully played on).  

You can listen to the BBC Radio 2 broadcast here which includes snippets of music from all the nominees for each category. I am particularly bowled over by Mark Radcliffe's lovely comments on Hidden Seam " amazing, beguilling and enigmatic piece of work".. and also Colin Irwin who said the album was "...really pushing the boundaries…to construct a song about the shipping forecast is sheer genius"  Whoop whoop I say!  

*The Best Album category is actually a public vote, you can cast yours here..

As they mention on the programme, it goes without saying that Gerry Diver, who produced and played on the album, deserves a special mention and huge thanks for his contribution both on the album and in live work.  

I'd like to give thanks also to everyone who played on the album and to Navigator's team for all their hard work and to everyone else who has supported the album and myself in one way or another.

Excitement aside, I am extrememly humbled and honoured to be included in the company of all the nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year and am really looking forward to the ceremony, not least because there will be live performances from Susan Vega, Clannad and more.

For anyone interested in attending the Awards Ceremony will be held on February 19, 2014 at The Albert Hall and you can buy tickets here.