Fluid lyricist and multi-instrumentalist, Abigail Lapell takes the Record City stage Wednesday, June 21. (Photo submitted)

Haunting and authentic folk sounds at Record City

As the lights dim on the quaint Record City stage, the room is brought to life through music

As the lights dim on the quaint Record City stage, the room is brought to life by the sounds of an intimate performance.

Abigail Lapell is a folk noir songwriter based in Toronto, who is bringing her multi-genre blend to Record City Wednesday, June 21.

A fluid lyricist and multi-instrumentalist, Lapell draws freely from indie, folk-roots, and punk rock traditions, carried by the sound of her wintry voice, harmonica, piano, and finger style guitar.

Lapell — a veteran of Montreal’s indie-folk scene — has shared stages with tUne-yArdS, First Aid Kit, Rae Spoon, The Lowest of the Low, Greg MacPherson, and Andy Shauf.

She’s also toured across North America and Europe, appearing at festivals like North By Northeast, Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest, and In the Dead of Winter. Lapell has also completed two tours entirely by bicycle and two tours by canoe, as well as a cross-Canada tour by train.

Her acclaimed, Earshot!-charting 2011 debut Great Survivor was recorded in a bedroom by Heather Kirby (of Ohbijou) and hand-assembled from letterpress covers by Trip Print Press.

For Hide Nor Hair, Lapell chose a different tack, working with mood wizard Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Snowblink) at Union Sound in Toronto. Along with Lapell and Stringer, the album features drummer (and whistle soloist) Benjamin Hermann, Rachael Cardiello on viola, Joe Ernewein on bass, longtime collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals, and Mike Eckert on pedal steel.

Lapell is the recipient of the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for the song Jordan, which appears on the new record.

Abigail Lapell and Monique Angele take the Record City stage Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 at the door.

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