"Making some very big waves…I think she has an amazing voice, and writes some truly interesting songs"
“Perfect, poised vocals."
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill.... destined to be a big star"
"Folk debuts often arrive gingerly, shyly; Kirsty Merryn’s set of ambitious originals arrives bold and fully-formed."
“May well be classed by the authoritative sources as one of the leading UK folk albums of the year” - Threechordsandthetruthuk.co.uk
“Kirsty is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician….she is a rare talent” Sam Kelly, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2016
"In her thematic approach, Merryn’s album is following in the path of Tori Amos and Carol Ann Duffy.... She deserves to reap similar rewards"
Folk Radio UK
"Keep an eye out for Kirsty, she’s going places!" FATEA Magazine
"She & I is a remarkable debut album, packed with imaginative ideas and superb songwriting." Folking.com
“This lady’s fabulous, very impressive” - Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire
“Sassy and sexy, witty and wistful. Imagine your favourite actress suddenly bursting into song!” Steve Knightley, Show of Hands
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.
London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty launched her 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 songwriting 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 over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour of the UK, at the end of 2017, performing to around 14,000 people along the way.
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 has received extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels, and is receiving fantastic reviews. Her debut album reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from newspapers including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.
In 2018 Kirsty undertook her first solo tour of the UK, and as well as gigging around the UK through 2019 is also working on a follow-up album for release in early 2020.
She & I
She & I is Kirsty's highly acclaimed debut album. Skilfully produced by in-demand, award-winning Gerry Diver (who also plays myriad instruments), She & I comprises eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor – the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive! It has received extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from newspapers including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.