Lisa Knapp's official bio
The buzz continues to grow around ‘Hidden Seam’, Lisa Knapp’s critically acclaimed album, released in September 2013. With rave reviews, a cover feature in fRoots magazine and airplay on 6 Music and BBC Radio 3 as well as a Mark Radcliffe Folk Show live session, the long-awaited second album saw Lisa firmly re-established as one of the most creative and distinctive artists around.
Lisa 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 songwriting skill, at once beautiful, dramatic and adventurous.
Enabling the full and vibrant sounds of ‘Hidden Seam’, as well as revisiting some of ‘Wild And Undaunted’ and other work, Lisa is available to book as either a 4 or 5 piece band featuring Gerry Diver on fiddle, loops and keys, Pete Flood (Bellowhead) on percussion duties, Fred Thomas on double bass and Tomos Brangwyn on hammered dulcimer.