Bringing to life Broadside Ballads for a new generation
THE OXFORD DATE IS NOW SOLD OUT! BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY YOU CAN CATCH THE SHOW IN LONDON, NORWICH, BIRMINGHAM AND EXETER. DETAILS BELOW.
Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists 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 Library and beyond, Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, and bring to life Broadside Ballads for a new generation.
All three artists challenge the preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like. Sam Lee (Mercury nominated) has blazed a dizzying trail as a song collector and singer, well-loved for his rich, resonant voice. Sublime singer and fiddle player Lisa Knapp has established and evolved her own crafted sound and songwriting skill. Whilst sound adventurer Nathaniel Mann is well known for his work in Dead Rat Orchestra, and his performances involving instrument making, ethnography, folklore and storytelling.
Broadside Ballads opens in Oxford at the Holywell Music Room on Saturday 25 February and tours to London, Norwich, Birmingham and Exeter, dates below.
£14 (£10 conc)
Lisa Knapp - voice, fiddle, autoharp
Sam Lee - voice, Jews harp
Nathaniel Mann - voice, bowed banjo, electronics and meat cleaver
Guest musicians: Pete Flood (percussion) and Seth Bennett (double bass)
Sun 26 Feb - 12:00pm - The Foundling Museum, London
Sun 26 Feb - 4:30pm - The Foundling Museum, London
Mon 27 Feb - 8:00pm - Norwich Arts Centre
Tue 28 Feb - 8:00pm - The Glee Club, Birmingham
Wed 01 Mar - 8:00pm - Exeter Pheonix
Full details and tickets through Sound UK
Produced by Sound UK and OCM. Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by the Bodleian Libraries.
“Songs that twist, turn and constantly surprise”The Guardian on Lisa Knapp