Singer, musician, explorer of songs and sounds
Especially associated with the wonderful canon of traditional material contained in this weird & wonderful part of the world we call Britain, as well as her own original songs/compositions.
Winner of Best Original Song with ‘Two Ravens’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014.
Nominated for Folk Singer of the Year & Best Album (‘Hidden Seam’)
Lisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable, independently released debut ‘Wild And Undaunted’ which was followed a full seven years later by the equally striking ‘Hidden Seam’. Both albums were met with critical acclaim and saw Lisa established as one of the most creative and distinctive artists around.
A South Londoner born & bred, Lisa's early 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 also came across folk music when discovering old vinyl from friends parent's record collections - she was hooked! In the intervening years Lisa has established and evolved her own distinctive voice. She’s toured the UK with her own band, but also in the company of James Yorkston, Sam Lee and collaborated and performed with Leafcutter John, Dead Rat Orchestra and most recently, as a special guest of Shirley Collins on her ‘Lodestar’ live shows.
Lisa regularly appears at UK festivals and alongside a diverse range of artists on the stages of London’s Southbank and Barbican Centres. Lisa has featured on BBC Radio 2/3/4 & 6Music and has also presented an acclaimed documentary for BBC Radio 4 called Shipping Songs, based on the Shipping Forecast and one of her tracks, described as ‘ one of the most original and astonishing songs of the sea you could wish for’ - Folk Radio
“A major discovery” - Mojo
“Knapp’s voice is the kind that will draw big interest” - Fly
“Surely headed for great things” - Guardian Guide
“RARE, rich and never less than intriguing” - Morning Star
****“The best debut I’ve heard in a long time” - Longlines
“Grippingly fresh…a SUPERB album” - fRoots
“…guaranteed to blow you away… Lisa Knapp’s gorgeous, plaintive old Rustic ballad ‘Blacksmith’…” - Telegraph
“It’s easy to see why this young singer is the toast of the folk scene… her vocals, like those of Anne Briggs, come across as STRANGE and STIRRING as a SPRING day” - Observer Review
“Striking traditional folkstress from South London” - Q
“An absorbing album… Star quality” - Telegraph
“Probably the sexiest folk album of the year” - Word
“This is it. Someone to finally take the stage at both Cambridge and Green Man. GLORIOUS” - HMV Choice ‘Album of the Month’
“There’s no doubt we’re going to hear more of Lisa” - TAPLAS
“A very impressive debut” - EFDSS
Video by Rachel Knights
From the album Till April is Dead - A Garland of May
Video by Rachel Knights
From the album Hidden Seam (released 2013)
Performed by Lisa Knapp & James Yorkston
(Written by Lal Waterson & Christine Collins)
From the album Hidden Seam
Trad Arr L Knapp from the singing of A L 'Bert' Lloyd