Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Kirsty has become a regular on the UK folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately introspective piano based songs and sophisticated musical style, which are balanced beautifully by an intimate and finely observational lyrical content.
In 2015 after being discovered by Steve Knightley she received national airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and in 2016 opened the main stage at Sidmouth Folk Week for headliners Show of Hands. In 2017 Kirsty supported Show of Hands on their 22 night tour of the UK. She released her debut album in November 2017, to widespread critical acclaim. The album, “She & I”, is a collection of stories about inspirational women from history. Created with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and produced by award-winning Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, The Speech Project), the album is already making waves. In 2018 Kirsty will tour the album around the UK with her band.
“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
“Making some very big waves…I think she has an amazing voice, and writes some truly interesting songs” – Mike Harding