“Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill.... destined to be a big star. ****” Sunday Express
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals.
In 2020 Kirsty will be releasing her highly anticipated second album, “Our Bright Night”; tales of the supernatural, the dying of the light and of the land. Its a reflection on our relationship with the world we live in, both real and imagined, and the way in which ignorance to social issues can result in devastating results. The album was produced and engineered by Kirsty and independent producer and musician Alex Alex and mixed by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker. It takes full advantage of Kirsty’s pure voice and deft piano skills, placing the piano firmly at the centre of the songs. There are guest appearances from folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) who provides violin on opening track “The Bands of the Sweet Primroses” and Sam Kelly who joins Kirsty to perform a duet on track “Shanklin Chine.” All photography on the album is by photographer and videographer Todd MacDonald, and the CD artwork created by Massive Arms.
Kirsty’s songs are based firmly in the folk tradition, and have been described as “brilliant mini-narratives of loss, love and the lives of others…” (Sidmouth Herald). On Our Bright Night you will find the tale of a woman visited one night by the ghost of her lost sailor lover (Shanklin Chine), the lament of nuns turned out of their convents during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries (Our Bright Night), a courting song set in a dystopian near-future of climate ruin (Mary), as well as traditional songs which have been reworked and reimagined.
Kirsty launched her highly acclaimed debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel in 2017 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour during which she performed to over 12,000 people. Since then, Kirsty has been performing solo up and down the UK, and sharing the stage with many well loved acts, including Richard Thompson, who she opened for at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2019. She and I received 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 international airplay, and won two blog awards for best debut album. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.
"Folk debut's often arrive gingerly, shyly; Kirsty Merryn's set of originals arrives bold and fully formed" The Guardian
“Perfect, poised vocals" Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Kirsty is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician….she is a rare talent”Sam Kelly, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2016
“May well be classed by the authoritative sources as one of the leading UK folk albums of the year” Threechordsandthetruthuk.co.uk
"In her thematic approach, Merryn’s album is following in the path of Tori Amos and Carol Ann Duffy.... She deserves to reap similar rewards" Folk Radio UK
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Photographs copyright Todd MacDonald