Today sees the release of The Wren, The Wren EP via Rough Trade Records’ folk imprint River Lea. You can listen/buy it here. The EP will also be released on 7” & CD on December 13th in record shops, but you can pre-order it here in the UK & here for the rest of the EU.
The Wren, The Wren goes so far back that we don’t know where or how it originated. It is a bird steeped in myth, folklore and tradition and through the ages has been revered as a symbol of fertility in many cultures, or as in this song, sacrificed even though it is the ‘King of the Birds’.
Watch the Tadhg O’Sullivan directed video for “The Wren, The Wren” below.
(Tour information updated as of Jan 17)
Lisa’s UK tour begins with a sold out gig on February 2nd in Bristol. See below for dates and our wonderful support artists Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Amy May Ellis, Keto, and Cormorant Tree Oh. Ticket links via our tour page.
Feb 2nd – Bristol / Folk House % (sold out)
Feb 4th – Oxford / The Bullingdon %
Feb 5th – Cambridge / Junction 2 ±
Feb 6th – London / Union Chapel *
Feb 7th – Birmingham / Glee Club ±
Feb 11th – Manchester / Yes ±
Feb 12th – Leeds / Brudenell Social Club ±
Feb 13th – York / Black Swan ±
Feb 14th – Durham / The Old Cinema Launderette ± (sold out)
Feb 15th – Edinburgh / Summerhall *
Feb 16th – Glasgow / CCA *
Feb 18th – Sheffield / The Greystones ^
* with very special guest Colm Mac Con Iomaire – colmmacconiomaire.com
In a crowded field of outstanding Irish fiddle players and interpreters of traditional music Colm Mac Con Iomaire is unique. His voice is unmistakably his own and his music bears distinctive creative hallmarks which have as much to do with his personality and character as with his impressive technical mastery, musical authority and exquisitely expressive playing.
± Keto – ketomusic.bandcamp.com
The hypnotic orchestration of Leah Sanderson. An effortless, shape-shifting sound that has earnt her support slots with Low, Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Simone Felice and seen her perform at the prestigious Glastonbury performing arts festival. Gaining support from BBC 6 music’s Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and KEXP, among others, her self-released debut album, Blackened Pool, a collection of timeless, minimalist songs, was released last year to critical acclaim. Dreamy backdrops that rise and fall between the sublime, where bleakness and enduring hopefulness collide.
% Amy May Ellis – amymayellis.com
Amy May Ellis grew up in the middle of the North York Moors. Her music has taken her around the UK and Europe playing headline shows and guesting for artists such as Micheal Chapman, Rozi Plain, Alessi’s Ark, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Howl and The Hum, Tiny Ruins, Ryley Walker and Willy Mason. Amy’s first two EPs Weathered By Waves and We Got Fire, explore a rich and intricate full band sound with a refreshing and ferocious honesty. They have both received support from BBC introducing, BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade. Where My Garden Lies is Amy’s third release, a small collection of solo songs exploring ideas of home.
^ Cormorant Tree Oh – cormoranttreeoh.com
Mary Keane, alias Cormorant Tree Oh, is a multi disciplinary artist and musician from Dublin. She interweaves the sonic with the visual to create a distinct world. She released her first self titled album alongside a series of illustrations and video earlier this year. Mary is currently studying art and sculpture and is working on her second album.