Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.
Kirsty launched her highly acclaimed debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel in 2017 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour. Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS song-writing retreat for upcoming folk singer-songwriters. She went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2016, and supported them on their Cathedral’s tour of the UK.
Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings and delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals.
“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
“Perfect, poised vocals." Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Sad to say, it’s taken me a while to discover London-based, New-Forest-born singersong-writer Kirsty – my loss, as it turns out. Keep an eye out for Kirsty - she’s going places!” FATEA
“Kirsty is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician….she is a rare talent” Sam Kelly, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2016
Book your tickets to see Kirsty Merryn at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!