Marry Waterson, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann present a vivid new album and tour

Marry Waterson – voice

Lisa Knapp – voice, fiddle, autoharp

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

Barney Morse Brown – cello w/ pedals

Laurence Hunt – percussion 

Three of the UK’s most innovative and prestigious folk artists present Blackletter Garland, a brand new album and live tour.

Inspired by historic broadside ballads – daily song sheets sold for pence from the 16th to 20th centuries – Marry, Lisa and Nathaniel rejuvenate and reinvent these stories. Fascinating interpretations and original compositions tell intricate tales of birth, love, conflict and death, with all the imagination of the folklore from which they’re based.

Arguably the forerunners of our modern news media, broadsides (also known as a broadsheet) often contained ballads and rhymes, which were sung daily in Britain’s streets and inns. Although part of living traditions of folksong, popular art and literature, these illustrated printed sheets are now rare and preserved in only a few libraries. They offer a vivid insight into the past whilst striking a chord with universal themes still relevant today. Songs about love, loneliness and kindness are interwoven with intriguing, humanist and dark stories.
Delving into the inky archives at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Marry Waterson, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band bringing broadsides vividly to life for a new generation and offering a rare insight into Britain’s history.

Pre-concert film

Doors will open at 7:15. The pre-concert film starts at 7:30, lasting around twenty minutes. This fascinating conversation between musician Lisa Knapp and historian Steve Roud was filmed at the Bodleian Printing Workshop. It delivers an insight into Broadside Ballads and the history of printing. The bar will also be open for those who prefer to relax and grab a drink. Admission will end and the bar will close at 8, when the concert begins. 


Printing press demo (interval and pre-concert)

From 7:15 to 7:30, and during the twenty-minute interval, letterpress printer Richard Lawrence ( will be hand printing limited-edition Hack-Poets Guild prints. 


Live to your living room

Ticketing is separate for in-person attendance and watching online. To watch online, you'll need one ticket per household. Once you've booked your ticket, a Zoom joining link will be sent to your email address.

If you bought an in person ticket but you can no longer attend, you won't be able to use the same ticket for the livestream. You'll need to contact us to request a refund for your in-person ticket, and purchase a livestream ticket. Refunds can be requested by emailing, phoning the box office on 07754460806, or through Eventbrite.


Co-promoted with the North Wall Arts Centre.

Produced by Sound UK. Commissioned by Sound UK and OCM.

Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by the Bodleian Libraries.

Marry Waterson
Lisa Knapp
Nathaniel Mann
Hack-Poets Guild: (left to right) Nathaniel Mann, Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson. Image credit: Rosie Reed Gold, Vincente Parades, Scott Wicking
Image Credit: Hack-Poets Guild (left to right: Nathaniel Mann, Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson), by Rosie Reed Gold, Vincente Paredes, Scott Wicking