Acapela Studio welcomes two of the most exciting artists in the folk scene – Ben Walker and Kirsty Merryn.
Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine.
A versatile composer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. After six critically acclaimed albums and a BBC Folk Award as a duo with Josienne Clarke, and more than fifty records as a producer of other artists, Ben Walker’s signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ben’s first solo album, Echo, was released in July 2019; a collection of original pieces, traditional songs and poems set to music, critics have given it a rapturous reception. In between producing and playing with other leading artists, Ben is thoroughly enjoying bringing his characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo set to folk audiences in the UK and Europe throughout 2019. He is inspired by finding the past in the present, by the languages and lived experience of ordinary people and the names, songs and stories that reflect each other down the ages. With red hot irons in the fire for 2020; collaborations with the best of a new generation of folk musicians as well as a major new solo project there’s so much more to come.
“A fabulous and versatile guitarist.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, The Folk Show
“Just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none”. Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, The Late Junction
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene with a style uniquely her own. 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. 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. She went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2016, and supported them on their Cathedral’s tour of the UK.
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, She & I comprises eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of inspirational women in history. It received extensive international air play including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and the BBC 3 World Music show. 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.
Since the album release Kirsty has become a regular on the folk circuit in the UK, sharing the stage with many well loved acts including Richard Thompson who she opened for at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2019. In 2018 Kirsty undertook her first solo tour of the UK, and is now working on a follow-up album for release in early 2020.
“★★★★Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill…. destined to be a big star”. Sunday Express
“Folk debuts 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.
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Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here. To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
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