‘something truly extraordinary’ – Uncut Magazine

Tour Dates
& Booking

Sat 27 Jul 2024
Sun 28 Jul 2024

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

Mojo: Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year 2023
The Guardian: Top 10 folk albums of 2023
Trad Folk: Top 10 albums of 2023
RootsWorld: (Editor’s) Album of the Year 2023
PodWireless: Best Albums of 2023

"immersive and compelling" – 4* Album review in Songlines

Brilliantly innovative new folk, drawing on the timeless texts of historic broadsides (penny news and song sheets), and combined with music that is by turns rousing, witty and tender.

Led by three of the UK’s most distinctive and innovative folk artists, Hack-Poets’ debut album, Blackletter Garland, was released in spring 2023 to wide critical acclaim.

Songs about love, loneliness and kindness are interwoven with intriguing, humanist and dark stories.

Hack-Poets have been captivating audiences with their shows, performing fascinating interpretations and original compositions that tell intricate tales of birth, love, conflict and death, with all the imagination of the folklore from which they’re based.

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.

"Gird your heartstrings for an emotional mangle as you're guided lovingly through a pre-industrial soundscape that's by turns muscular, confrontational, vulnerable and delicate. See them." Audience member

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

Marry Waterson is part of the fabric of folk history, making her first appearance when she was just 12 years old on the album ‘A True Hearted Girl’ (Topic Records) with her mother Lal, and Aunt Norma Waterson.

Although there are echoes of her mother’s singular voice, Marry is as unique and daring as they come. Often collaborating with different writers, musicians, and producers, she stretches the boundaries of not only folk but songwriting itself, where real life is refracted through myths, legends and proverbs that shape the memory.

Marry has toured with Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker, and worked with Hal Willner and Portishead’s Adrian Utley amongst many of her contemporaries. Her cross-over style is equally at home on Radio 6 Music & BBC Radio 2. Praise for Marry’s albums include multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations.

Folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist: South London’s Lisa Knapp has been much in demand touring the length and breadth of the UK and across Radio and TV since her remarkable debut, Wild & Undaunted (2007), marked her out as one of the brightest and most innovative players in a newly invigorated British folk movement.

Lisa won the much coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track (Two Ravens) on release of her entirely self-penned second album Hidden Seam from which her ’Shipping Song’ caught the attention of BBC Radio 4 who subsequently invited her to present a documentary on the Shipping Forecast and its influence on the arts, called Shipping Songs.

A long held fascination with dark narrative, ritual and folklore lead to Till April Is Dead - A Garland of May in which Lisa wove field recordings: birdsong, ticking clocks, church bells, street sounds and engines via a plethora of acoustic instruments into an array of traditional folk songs to create an exhilarating and immersive trip through the month of May.

Lisa has collaborated with an array of artists such as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Graham Coxon, Kathryn Williams, Sam Lee, Mara Carlyle, Leafcutter John, Shirley Collins and Bellowhead.

Nathaniel Mann is an award winning experimental composer, singer and performer. Well known for his work with Dead Rat Orchestra - who are frequently tour support for Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Nathaniel has been featured on recordings by C. Joynes, Nick Jonah Davis, Jim Ghedi, and collaborated live with Sam Lee, Dorian Wood and Eric Chenaux.

Mann has produced soundtracks for BBC Scotland and is presenter of 6 BBC Radio 4/3 “Pick of the Week” feature-length documentaries. Winner of The Paul Hamlyn Award 2019, Arts Foundation Fellow 2018 and recipient of The George Butterworth Prize for Composition 2016.

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The Artists

Hack-Poets Guild. Photo of Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson and Nathaniel Mann. Credit Rosie Reed Gold, Vincente Paredes, Scott Wicking.

Hack-Poets Guild

A collaboration between three of the UK’s most innovative and prestigious folk artists.

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Hack-Poets Guild 2024