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.

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