Folk, Music,

Alessi’s Ark

Thursday 19th July 2012 - Starts 8pm



Hotly tipped folk-pop sensation Alessi’s Ark graces the Ropetackle stage. ‘Oh, by now, I must have
grown’, Alessi Laurent-Marke sings, beautifully, four songs into her stunning sophomore album, Time Travel. And hasn’t she just – now 21 and already a seasoned pro, having recorded her debut album aged just 17, with members of Bright Eyes, and touring with the likes of Laura Veirs, Villagers and Laura Marling. Time Travel is the first Alessi’s Ark album since signing to Bella Union, where her acutely melodic and exquisitely tender folk-pop charms haven’t just grown; they’ve blossomed into something extraordinarily mature. The 12-track Time Travel alternates between anxiety and joy, between childlike wishes and grown-up truths – how change can force us apart but also signify growth. Intimacy is the key not just to Time Travel’s sound but also its soul.

‘This is a collection of songs that have mostly grown from traveling and touring, away from the familiarity of home, family and friends’.

Such is Alessi’s ability to look for the good in others and hold out hope for the rest of us. Oh, and one more fact; with her mum, nan and aunt, she runs a little cottage industry knitting bags for every item sold through her website. Where indeed has Alessi landed from? Be prepared to be transported.