London-based Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters with a style uniquely her own.
Kirsty recently supported Show of Hands on their UK Cathedrals tour performing to around 14,000 people.
Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is emphatic piano based songs heavily anchored in the folk tradition but has a much wider reach, with influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell.
Her album She and I focuses on diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor – the first to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive!
Kirsty is playing at the Community Hall on Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm.
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty launched her debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel on November 9 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour.
Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters and she went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2016, and supported them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour of the UK, at the end of 2017, performing to around 14,000 people along the way.
Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush – emphatic piano based songs with sharply observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings and delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals.
Skilfully produced by in-demand, award-winning Gerry Diver (who also plays myriad instruments), She & I comprises eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor – the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive! It is already receiving extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels, and is receiving fantastic reviews. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from newspapers including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.