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Abigail Lapell

“Toronto vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Abigail Lapell has released three acclaimed solo albums. Hide Nor Hair, her Chris Stringer-produced sophomore LP, won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year in 2017. Since then, Lapell has been on the road, touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and playing at festivals like Pop Montreal, Mariposa, In The Dead Of Winter, Tiny Lights and Folk On The Rocks. Getaway, Lapell’s ambitious third release, came out February 1st 2019 on Coax Records/Outside”.

Watch the official video for her single “Down by the Water” on YouTube now or listen to the song via The Bluegrass Situation /SoundCloud.

When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Writing songs was all I ever wanted to do, since before I can remember. I always told anyone who asked that I wanted to be “a singer” when I grew up.

Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
Mostly self-taught. As a child I took piano lessons for about a year and sang in choirs. I taught myself guitar from the age of around 14 after finding an old, beat up, duct-tape-repaired guitar in our basement.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Cat Power, Sandy Denny, Bonnie Prince Billie

How would you describe your sound?
Down-tempo folk noir Canadiana

What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
“Down by the Water” has one of my favourite vocal harmonies c/o the wonderful lDana Sipos

What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
A lot of casual, off-the-cuff between-song banter ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Where can we find your music?
On all digital music platform — or from my wonderful label Coax Records.