Hidden Seam

Lisa Knapp

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Folk, English Folk
Navigator Records
September 16, 2013

Format: Compact Disc



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Lisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut album, 'Wild And Undaunted' and quickly established herself as a highly distinctive, creative artist, merging a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song with vocal, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and contemporary production. 'Wild And Undaunted' won Lisa critical acclaim including BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and Mojo Folk Album of the Year.

It's been a long wait but evidently worth it - the South Londoner's much anticipated 2nd full length album, "Hidden Seam", is finally due for release by Navigator Records on 16th September 2013.

Far from idle, Lisa has spent the years between albums exploring ideas connected to the elements and our fragile, volatile environment. Though greatly inspired by husband & musical partner Gerry Diver's own creative journey with his 2011 "Speech Project" album (music based on the speech patterns of Irish traditional singers), Lisa was also motivated by her own love of language - partly through a meeting with Seamus Heaney but also an interest in the old English text of Beowulf.

"Shipping Song", the album's opening track, arises from Lisa's fascination with the Met Office's somnambulant, poetic late night shipping forecast; it's strange and far-away sounding place names, Utsire, Viking, Fastnet and Lundy. A recording of American Marine sound testing from the 1950's was seamlessly sewn into the track, alongside the noises of sea creatures and spinning motors. "Black Horse" is a song by the great, late English singer/songwriter, Lal Waterson, which Lisa was originally invited to perform on tour with Scottish singer and guitarist James Yorkston. Not only does James guest on this recording but Lisa was also thrilled to be joined by Lal's daughter, Marry Waterson. Lisa plucked up courage to invite Martin Carthy, one of her musical heroes, to accompany her on "Two Ravens", a touching song about Alzheimers disease. "Seagiver" is a visceral song of death and the elements. The penultimate track on "Hidden Seam", "Hunt The Hare Pt.1", features acclaimed Scottish folk musician, Alasdair Roberts and was originally based on the well-known Irish song "Rocky Road to Dublin". It evolved into a song (and EP release) about the month of May. "On Hushabye", a lullaby style song which she regularly sang to her daughter, Lisa is accompanied by celebrated singer/songwriter, Kathryn Williams.

"Hidden Seam" is a substantial sonic tapestry. It will swiftly re-establish Lisa Knapp as not only one of the most compelling voices of her generation in British folk music but one of the most innovative. Her roots may be embedded in the great folk revival of the 50's and 60's but with this new album, she is setting sail for unchartered horizons.

Press Quotes

"songs that twist, turn and constantly surprise" (4*)

The Guardian

"Lisa Knapp is a folk singer, yet the F-word can't encompass the ambition of this second album" "A masterful creation".

Neil Spencer - The Observer (5*)

"Lisa Knapp pushes the boat out into new and unchartered waters. Long may she sail."

Songlines (4*)

"A thing of wonder"

BBC Radio 2 Folk Show (Mark Radcliffe)

"A major discovery" - (Top 10 Folk Albums Of 2013)


"We're all going to be hearing a lot more of Lisa Knapp over the next year folks" - (Nominated fRoots 'Album Of The Year')


"A magical masterpiece"



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Key Value
Catalogue number NAVIGATOR084
Barcode 0805520620840
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 56g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Shipping Song -
2. Hidden Seam -
3. Ruler Of the Rest -
4. Black Horse (Feat. James Yorkston) -
5. Seagiver -
6. Two Ravens (Feat. Martin Carthy) -
7. Hunt The Hare (Feat. Alasdair Roberts) -
8. Hunt The Hare (Pt.2) -
9. Hushabye (Feat. Kathryn Williams) -