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Most recent release, Wrought Iron (2009)
Nancy Elizabeth's site (currently defaults to her MySpace page)
Vashti Bunyan, Lisa Knapp, Lou Rhodes, the stripped-down side of Beth Orton
Nancy Elizabeth Cuncliffe's understated folk, despite the multitude of instruments, feels somehow stripped-down and pure. It's something to do with the clarity of her performance and songwriting. Truly lovely, simply powerful, and moving folk and folk/rock. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
2007—The Leaf Label—Leaf 60
Nancy Elizabeth—vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, bells, bouzouki, dulcimer, glockenspiel, hands, harp, Indian harmonium, melodica, percussion, violin
Stuart Eastham—double bass
It feels mellow and sprightly and intense, sometimes at the same moments. Nicely understated. The best track here is probably the powerful title track or perhaps "Lung" which edges its way under my skin Or the lively "I Used to Try". This album is a little uneven compared to Wrought Iron, but has great moments and shows so much promise. (Neile)
2009—The Leap Label—68
Nancy Elizabeth—vocals and all instruments other than those listed below
Karl Penney—drums (2)
Peter Philipson and Nancy Elizabeth
A collection of strong and individual songs with a wonderful clarity of vision. This is a such a strong album. "Feet of Courage" and "Lay Low" are both especially gorgeous, and particularly good examples of what she does so well: quietly powerful, earnest songs that ever-so-gently grab you by the guts/soul/heart/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. You're hooked. Or at least I am. I highly, highly recommend this album, one of my favourite discs of 2009 and one which deserves much more attention than it has received so far. (Neile)
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