Kirsty Merryn

Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot.

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Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer

songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.

London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty launched her debut album She & I at London’s

Union Chapel on November 9 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

and she went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth

Folk Week in 2016, and supported them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour of the

UK, at the end of 2017, performing to around 14,000 people along the way.

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 pianobased

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

(who also plays myriad instruments), She & I comprises

eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of

inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie

Edson Taylor – the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a

barrel and survive! It is already receiving 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 is receiving

fantastic reviews. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive

great reviews from newspapers including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many


“Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill.... destined to be a big star" -

Sunday Express

"Folk debut's often arrive gingerly, shyly; Kirsty Merryn's set of originals arrives bold and fully

formed" - The Guardian

"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

 “Kirsty is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician….she is a rare talent” Sam Kelly,

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2016