Lucy Farrell “Paperthin” – like walls, like emotions

Paperthin‘ is the first single from Lucy Farrell’s new album ‘We Are Only Sound‘ out on prestigious Hudson Records on April 21st, which marks her solo recording debut.  Yeah, we were surprised too – a stalwart of the folk scene Lucy Farrell has collaborated widely – Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Gluepot, Modern Fairies and Carthy, Oates, Farrell & Young and there have been duo projects with Andrew Waite and Jonny Kearney- and of course she is part of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards award-winning Furrow Collective.  But, despite these many years of music making this is her solo debut.  So there you are.

And what a way to debut – ‘We Are Only Sound’ was recorded in the glorious medieval surrounds of Much Wenlock Abbey, home to Nick Drake’s sister Gabrielle who gifted the recording space – as well as the use of her brother’s instruments  – through a mutual friend. Specifically, Nick Drake’s piano and guitar were tuned and used in the recording bestowing a unique quality to the album. Songs were recorded with the full band together, in one room, in one take.

The songs touch on life learnt themes of motherhood, relationship breakups, heartache and renewal as Farrell says “these themes and ideas are universal, – they would resonate for other people too.  I find it hard to articulate my thoughts in sentences – it’s much easier to muse through them in songs. It’s how I work through my feelings.  There’s a lot of wonderings in them, but no answers.

Lucy Farrell is on tour this month – in fact starting tonight at The Green Note.  Here are the other dates that are scheduled:

Live dates 2023:

6 March – Green Note, London
7 March – Medina Bookshop, Cowes Isle of Wight
8 March – Bowerhouse, Maidstone
9 March – Chidham Village Hall, nr. Chichester
10 March – Sound Lounge, Sutton
11 March – Temperance, Leamington Spa
12 March – House Concert, Edinburgh
14 March – Folklore Rooms, Brighton
15 March – Cornish Bank, Falmouth
17 March – St Nicholas Church, Baulking
18 March – Pocklington Arts Centre, nr. York
19 March – Bishop’s House, Sheffield
22 March – Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
23 March – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
24 March – Christ Church, Great Ayton North Yorkshire
25 March – West End Centre, Aldershot
26 March – Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
31 March – The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

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