Lewis Barfoot | Interview

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Lewis Barfoot | Interview

2021 saw singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot release her debut album “Glenaphuca”. The album is full of evocative, autobiographical songs that speak of Lewis’ wish to unearth the legacy of her family roots in Ireland and is a mix of original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and England.

We caught up with Lewis to chat about the release, her Irish roots and English upbringing and her upcoming tour plans!

Hi Lewis! Congratulations on the release of your debut album ‘Glenaphuca.’ The album was released on International Women’s Day. Why was it so important for you to have your release on this day?

Thank you Alison and thank you for having me here on Mnásome. Glenaphuca is an album that speaks of my journey to give voice to the women in my lineage here in Ireland; the women whose voices had been silenced and whose stories hadn’t been…

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The Wise Owl: Part II

Death & the Maiden

“Barfoot’s quietly powerful vocals soar amidst the passing images with grace and poise.”

One Film Fan

“She is best known for the ethereal poise of her crystal singing voice. Wise Owl is an evocative song, well arranged and placed within a delicate but solidly crafted recording.The clarinet, cello and vocal soar around each other throughout the track, passing through various tempos, weaving an exquisite texture over the guitar, all helped by very subtle atmospheric electronic elements from the producer.”

Folk and Honey

A woman goes into the mirror, into the depths of grief, everything fragments, she meets the owl who guides her on the journey of desperate grief and disintegration until she becomes the owl, accepts the journey of grief, garners the wisdom of the owl, walks hand in hand with grief and then comes back out of the mirror with that knowledge…

Background to Song

Following the death of…

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Tinariwen @ NAC 18 July 2016, Lewis Barfoot, Woodland Creatures @ The Bicycle Shop 17 July 2016

Norwich: Music City, UK

Almost two years since their only previous visit to Norwich and the Arts Centre we were incredibly lucky to be able to welcome back the mighty Tinariwen.

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On probably the hottest evening of the year there was a lovely vibe at NAC with all the doors open as Keith Slater warmed things up further with a Boiling Point Dj set as most people were milling around in the back garden.  I had a great chat here with a chap who recognised my shirt design, incredibly it appears we both had a shirt made from the same fabric from the same roadside shop in Kenya!  An hour or so chatting about Africa passed by very quickly.

At about 9pm Tinariwen took to the stage to warm applause and played for a good hour and a half or so, starting with some atmospheric vocal harmonies and then building that hypnotic, loping rhythm so…

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Tinariwen @ NAC 18 July 2016, Lewis Barfoot, Woodland Creatures @ The Bicycle Shop 17 July 2016

Almost two years since their only previous visit to Norwich and the Arts Centre we were incredibly lucky to be able to welcome back the mighty Tinariwen.       On probably the hottes…

Source: Tinariwen @ NAC 18 July 2016, Lewis Barfoot, Woodland Creatures @ The Bicycle Shop 17 July 2016

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The Wise Owl

Lewis Barfoot takes us to the darkest and most desperate days of grief. Sharing with us how her recent loss has affected both her life and her song. Her music and musical practice became driftwood …

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