“Quietly brilliant folk-pop with a gorgeous voice” The Sunday Times
Making a welcome return to Norwich Arts Centre, Holly Lerski launches her long-awaited 4th album in her hometown on Thursday 28th May.
Beginning life on a Nick Hornby Mix Tape, Holly Lerski’s music first came to light in 1997 with her folk-rock band Angelou, and the ‘Hallelujah’ e.p. If that’s a title you’ve heard before, you’re right to conjure up images of Jeff Buckley. Describing her discovery of Grace in 1994 as “the green light to begin”, his influence has resonated throughout her career with Uncut Magazine dubbing her “the spiritual sister of Jeff Buckley”.
With local Norwich label Haven Records’ behind them, the band soon found themselves touring the UK supporting Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible). In 1998 they released their debut album ‘Automiracles’. Produced by Calum MacColl (son of folk legends Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger) and recorded in 10 days, it was described by Mojo Magazine as “achingly lovely”. Next came ‘While You Were Sleeping’ in 2000, which The Sunday Times called “brilliant folk-pop with a gorgeous voice”
By 2003 Holly and her band had found success abroad in Spain, and toured Europe and Scandinavia with blues legend John Hiatt. Now signed to Sanctuary Records, their third poppier album ‘Life is Beautiful’ was receiving regular airplay on BBC Radio 2. The ailing label was eventually to close its doors however, leaving Holly to return home to Norfolk, playing a few solo dates, including a spot in New York’s famous ‘Living Room’. That same week Hallelujah was featured in the finale episode of US CBS drama Close To Home. Holly was indeed home, and ready to begin a life far from the machinations of the music industry.
Which takes us to 2015, her house on the hill, and shed at the bottom of a garden where inside she has sung, strummed, drummed and recorded everything from banjo, uke and tenor guitars to coffee cups and spoons. If she couldn’t play it she asked kith and kin to help; including musician mates James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and producer/folk artist, Stu Hanna (Megson).
Handmade and hand-played – welcome to The Wooden House. Independence rarely sounded sweeter.
Don Mescall is a songwriter from County Limerick, Ireland. His songs have sold over 10 million records worldwide and received more than 16 million hits on YouTube recorded by artists including Woodstock’s legendary Richie Havens, Brian Kennedy, Frances Black, Rascal Flatts, Ronan Keating and Sharon Corr. When not writing hits for others he writes and sings heartbreakingly beautiful songs for himself. With a voice like chocolate he is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets.
Tom Hartley Booth
Tom Hartley Booth is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Norwich now based in London. His honest and sometimes funny songs are tailored around his smooth vocal tone, awkward sense of humour and story telling. Accompanied by an interesting yet not overly flamboyant guitar style; his songs of love, hope and philosophy encourage the listener to smile and take life a little less seriously.