An OCM and Sound UK commission based on the rich collection of broadsides housed in Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Broadside Ballads brings together three of the UK's most innovative folk artists, fronting a five-piece band that will reinvent a collection of British broadsides. Broadside ballads - disposable song sheets sold for pence - give a rare insight into Britain's musical and political past, with themes still relevant today. Delving into the colllection of Broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, singers and multi-instrumentalists Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann bring to life the Broadsides Ballads for a new generation.


Lisa Knapp - voice, fiddle, autoharp

Sam Lee - voice, Jews harp

Nathaniel Mann - voice, bowed banjo, electronics and meat cleaver 

Seth Bennett - double bass

Pete Flood – percussion


UK Tour Dates 2017

Sat 25 Feb Holywell Music Room (OCM), Oxford

Sun 26 Feb The Foundling Museum, London

Mon 27 Feb Norwich Arts Centre

Tue 28 Feb The Glee Club, Birmingham

Wed 01 Mar Exeter Phoenix


Produced by Sound UK and OCM. Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by the Bodleian Libraries.

Photo credits : Ian Wallman

OCM is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music

Produced and commissioned by Sound UK and OCM

Supported by the Bodleian Libraries

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Lisa Knapp supported by PRS Foundation

Booking contact: Polly or Maija at Sound UK /