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Lisa Knapp

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Vocalist and fiddler player Lisa Knapp grew up in London, fed on a music diet which lurched from house to dance to pop, through The Waterboys to Van Morrison, finally landing her in the unlikely environs of folk music by way of a friend’s record collection.

What followed were several years of musical exploration which included countless days rediscovering recordings and books of traditional singers and songs from early 20th century through to the folk revival of the ‘60s and ‘70s, by way of the folk music archives at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

Meanwhile Lisa became more involved in the traditional folk scene, singing and playing fiddle at folk clubs, including regular performances at Court Sessions Folk Club and a first solo show at Lewes Arms Folk Club. She also played at Irish sessions and guested for Irish fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver at his show at Hammersmith Irish Centre in London.

In 2003 she began recording her own material. The first track she put down was ‘Blacksmith’, a York Broadside ballad published in 1825 and most famously recorded in 1971 by Steeleye Span. The track caught the ear of producer Youth (winner of two Brit Awards and producer/remixer to The Verve (Urban Hymns), U2, Crowded House, INXS, Paul McCartney and more) who offered to remix the track. The result was a powerful and unforgettably renewed version of this song of unrequited love. The track was released in 2006 on Youth’s folk compilation album titled ‘What The Folk Vol. 1’ (Butterfly Records).

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