Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literature and political history. Delving into the collection of broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation.
“You will be dumbfounded by Sam Lee with duck-egg eyes, a horseshoe smile and an honest, confiding baritone” – The Guardian
Hackney resident Sam Lee has blazed a dizzying trail as a song collector and singer, well-loved for his rich, resonant voice. Sam’s debut album ‘Ground of its Own’ was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize, a ground-breaking album, challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
“A major discovery.” – Mojo – Colin Irwin
Singer and fiddle player Lisa Knapp’s debut album ‘Wild & Undaunted’ propelled her onto the scene with new interpretations of traditional folk songs and original songs. She continues to tour with her band and feature in prestigious projects rooted in the folk idiom but by no means bound by it.
“The album is one of the most moving and visionary pieces Ive had the pleasure of hearing in a long time it embodies the rawness of a centuries old seafaring world with that of the modern…the one constant being the remote beauty and unforgiving landscapeof Sula Sgeir…it is all captured here.” Folk Radio UK of Dead Rat Orchestra
Nathaniel Mann is a performer, experimental composer and sound artist. He is well known for his work within Dead Rat Orchestra and his compositions and performances involving instrument making, ethnography, folklore and storytelling.
Produced by Sound UK and OCM
Funded by Arts Council England
Supported by the Bodleian Libraries