Lizzie Nunnery is a 25 year old singer/songwriter. Following the self release of her EP, “Monkeys and Devils”, in 2006 she has played a host of venues around the UK including supporting J.D Souther, Little Feat, Jim Moray and Tobias Froberg. She has made several appearances on BBC Radio, including a live performance on BBC Radio 3. She was the BBC Liverpool unsigned artist of the month for November 2006 and is also an award winning playwright, with her most recent stage play “Intemperance,” receiving a 5 star review in the Guardian. She is currently under commission to BBC Radio 4 to write a play with songs entitled “The Singer”. Her eagerly anticipated second EP, “Hungry” was released in March, 2008.
Influences: Joni Mitchell, Martha Wainwright, Kate Bush.
"It is Lizzie's enchanting voice that really draws you in to her sublime world; a fragile tremolo that makes you want to sit close and listen to her stories...It is the title track that impresses the most, with a catchy refrain and dark, menacing accompaniment. This track could well be one of the best songs you'll hear all year."
Mike Wilson, Folking.com on "Hungry EP"
“Nu-folk with a knack for a melody and some quirky lyrics. Lizzie is unique enough to stand out from the crowd but accessible enough to get her noticed on a wider scale. Clever songs, beautifully recorded, perfectly delivered. Who says you can't have it all?”
Liverpool.com Magazine on “Hungry” EP
“It's a performance that begins to reveal some of the best songs of the evening, as well as some innovative arrangements. Lizzie interlaces her solid strums with sublime, picked passages, mixing in vocals which sit somewhere not too far away from Kate Bush.”
“Hugely impressive lyrics and delicate acoustic backing make Monkeys and Devils a strong disc, but it's her voice that really stands out. These are mature and fully rounded songs and the whole production and feel of the disc is much more than you'd expect from a debut release. She's certainly a real talent, and one to watch for the future……”With the release of her debut album Company of Ghosts in spring 2010, Lizzie’s reputation as a captivating new voice in British folk, has continued to grow.
BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding named the album in his top ten releases of the year , and it was nominated for Best Debut in the 2010 Spiral Earth awards.
She has played at folk festivals and venues across the UK, and ended the year with a performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Irish Sea Sessions, alongside a fourteen piece all star band including Niamh Parsons and Damien Dempsey.
She is also an award winning playwright, with her most recent stage play “Intemperance,” receiving a 5 star review in the Guardian. Her play with songs, “The Singer”, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 08 and she co-composed the soundtrack to her short film, “Monkey Love”, broadcast on Channel 4 in September 2009.
Lizzie is also half of Almanac, alongside writer Lindsay Rodden; creating out of the ordinary nights of theatre and music across Merseyside. Almanac online
“I was stunned by this album the first time I heard it and have gone back to it over and again. There's something riding under all the songs that, as in all great music, makes for more than the sum of its parts. Lizzie Nunnery is better known as a playwright but her songwriting and singing, wherever they have come from, seem to me to move in epic and mythic worlds that are as memorable as any great play.”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 on “Company of Ghosts”
“An outstanding debut.”
Steve Bennett, Acoustic Magazine on “Company of Ghosts”
"The listener's mesmerised by the quality of rather vulnerable enchantment in her fragile tremelo, which is complimented by the delicate, often weirdly toyshop nature of the accompaniment..."
David Kidman, fRoots magazine
"'Company of Ghosts' is a scintillating collection of new songs that reach into the very soul... full of powerful meaningful lyrics and sang with the most wonderfully sublime enchanting voice that falls somewhere between Kate Bush and Dolores Keane.”
Martin Mannering, The Irish World
“Every song feels like a work of poetry, with observational and imaginative skills that compare favourably with those of Karine Polwart…Lizzie is clearly an accomplished and gifted performer.”
Folk Radio UK on “Company of Ghosts”
Winner of "Best Newcomer" at the 08 BBC Radio Merseyside awards.
Winner of 'Best Live Performance' at the 08 Fatea Folk awards.
Official Website: http://www.lizzienunnery.co.uk/
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/lizzienunnery/