Lisbee Stainton

     “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting”The Times

    “Ridiculously talented”The Daily Express

    “An edifying experience”The Daily Mirror

    “Light, acoustic, melodic, earnestly upful pop …She’s talented.”The Independent on Sunday

    “Lisbee’s appeal is clear: slowly revolving rhythms, wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice.” – MOJO

    “Go see Lisbee on tour. Buy ‘Go’. Thank us later” – Maverick magazine

    Looking to build on the huge critical success of her 2009 album, ‘Girl On An Unmade Bed’, folk-pop’s rising star Lisbee Stainton returned from touring the world to release her third album, ‘Go’ towards the end of 2011.

    When Lisbee released her previous album ‘Girl On An Unmade Bed’ it announced the arrival of a serious songwriting talent. Having been championed by BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, two singles from the album, ‘Red’ and ‘Never Quite An Angel’, were playlisted by BBC Radio 2, while a third single ‘Just Like Me’ was voted ‘Record of The Week’ on BBC 6Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie Show. ‘Girl On An Unmade Bed’ subsequently received a barrage of critical acclaim from the UK’s national and music press.

    This success brought the 23-year-old London-based singer-songwriter to the attention of Joan Armatrading, who personally chose Lisbee to be the main support act for her extensive tour of the UK and mainland Europe. The title track of Lisbee’s new album was written as a pep-talk to herself before the tour started, where, armed with her custom built 8-string guitar, Lisbee played 73-dates throughout the summer of 2010 – including a sold-out home-town concert at The Royal Albert Hall.

    Shortly afterwards, Lisbee was a featured artist on BBC Radio 2’s prestigious ‘In Concert’ series, before embarking on a forty-four-date headline European tour, which was quickly followed by dates supporting Belgian star Tom Dice and The Maverick’s Raul Malo, who personally invited Lisbee to join him onstage for a duet.

    Of Lisbee’s latest album ‘Go’, which also garnered widespread critical acclaim for the UK’s national press, Lisbee said, “At the end of spending most of 2010 on tour and when I sat down to write those songs, it became apparent very quickly that a lot of my experiences within the last 18 months were going to play a big part in moulding the album and they gave me a real sense of direction in terms of the songwriting, hence the title, ‘Go’. Working on that album has been my favourite project that I’ve done so far.”

    The first single taken from the album, ‘Wrench’, was released in August 2011 and was described by The Daily Mirror’s Gavin Martin as, “A tantalising glimpse of the new music Lisbee has been developing…”

    Indeed. While the songs on ‘Go’ contain the well-trodden path of love & relationships (‘There You Are’, ‘The Author’  and ‘Millions of Flowers’) , Lisbee also deals with subjects such as self-doubt (‘We Don’t Believe In Monsters’),  lackadaisicalness (‘Unsung’) and, ‘Find Me Here’, which, as Lisbee explains is “the tale of a man who loves someone so much he finds himself committing suicide off a bridge for her,” adding, “Yeah, sorry, it’s a bit dark!” 

    ‘Sleepwalker’ is a vignette about a person who becomes a different character every night, forming a separate life only they know of. Meanwhile, while one of the album’s stand-out tracks ‘The Archives’, draws inspiration from the Max Arthur book ‘Forgotten Voices’, which was created from the Imperial War Museum sound archive containing thousands of recordings of people who witnessed events in WWII.

    ‘Go’ closes with the track ‘Follow, which has been a live favourite for the past couple of years. Achingly beautiful, the song is, in Lisbee’s words, “probably about trust”, and is all the more remarkable for the fact it was written when Lisbee was just 15-years old.

    As the finishing touches were being put to ‘Go’ in the Spring of 2011, Paul Carrack invited Lisbee to be the main support act for his tour of mainland Europe, describing her as “the new Joni Mitchell”.

    2012 has seen Lisbee continue her upward trajectory, with a UK tour throughout March & April supporting Gretchen Peters and, in May, European tour dates supporting Seth Lakeman. Looking forward to the tour, 23-year -old Lisbee said, “I’ve been a huge fan of Seth’s since I was 17, which makes our tour dates together all the more exciting. I’ve had a fantastic couple of years touring all over the place with some amazing artists, but this tour feels like the icing on the cake so far.”

    With her reputation continuing to grow, few would bet against Lisbee Stainton realising the potential as one of the most exciting songwriting talents in the UK