Skinny Lister are not your average, modern day, gentrified English folk group. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas; a vocalist with a lusty cackle and flirtatious presence, the London based five-piece hail from across England. Borrowing the nickname from the Lister family, pioneers in the use of anesthetic, the band have grown naturally and organically over the past two years. Yorkshire born songwriter Heptinstall, Lorna’s older brother Max, and long-time shanty singer Sam ‘Mule’ Brace, met some time ago at a folk club in London’s Greenwich area. The arrival of Tyneside bassist Dan Gray and the naturally exuberant Lorna lifted them into another realm.

Up on their stomping feet and clicking their heels, the Skinny Lister sound took hold as Dan’s perceptive ballads and folkie idylls were boosted by an eruption of a rambunctious free spirited rum fueled party music. Soon the Skinny Lister sound was charging down the nation’s canals and waterways, bursting into spontaneous song in pubs and clubs, kicking up a summer frenzy at numerous festivals. Over 30 festivals in fact, a nonstop work rate that saw them acknowledged and awarded by PRS as the ‘Hardest Working Band’ of summer 2011. “We travelled hundreds of miles together in a Land Rover with a double bass strapped to the roof, sharing the driving, playing gigs every night and going out to party afterwards. We didn’t make it easy on ourselves but it does bond you as family.” Dan recollects.

Their allure is immediate – at a time when modern homegrown folk music often spells designer bearded, theme park Americanisation, Skinny Lister are a welcome throwback to earthier bands. Their musical blend has something of The Pogues’ infectious camaraderie and jovial recklessness combined with the bucolic English landscape of Alfred Wainwright’s fell walking guides.

Now, captured by producer David Wrench (Bat for Lashes, James Yorkston) on debut album Forge & Flagon, the band’s distinctive qualities make their mark. Titled after a homemade pub ran by Lorna and Max’s family friends, Forge & Flagon marks Skinny Lister as an outfit who are decidedly more than the sum of their parts. Galvanised by months of road action they transform traditional and contemporary influence into a singular sound. See them live and the impression is fortified. Not least as Lorna’s outgoing crowd connecting personality is replicated by the rum dispensing, skirt hiking, leg shaking, five strong, all female, party starting troupe the Skinny Sisters.

Skinny Lister the stand-apart folk band – not afraid to match sensitivity with a high kicking free for all. Time to open the floodgates and get the deck party started. (But beware the Skinny Sisters, folks – those ladies take no prisoners!)

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25 August 2022
The Civic Hall

Cottingham, United Kingdom

21 September 2022
Reeperbahn Festival 2022

Hamburg, Germany

21 September 2022
Bei Chez Heinz

Hannover, Germany

24 September 2022
Alter Schlachthof

Lingen, Germany

25 September 2022
Tower Musikclub

Bremen, Germany

26 September 2022
FZW

Dortmund, Germany

28 September 2022
Muhle Hunziken

Rubigen, Switzerland

29 September 2022
Bogen F

Zurich, Switzerland

30 September 2022
Beatpol

Dresden, Germany

1 October 2022
E-Werk Kulturzentrum GmbH

Erlangen, Germany

2 October 2022
Im Wizemann

Stuttgart, Germany

18 November 2022
The Globe

Cardiff, United Kingdom

23 November 2022
Old Fire Station

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

24 November 2022
The Craufurd Arms

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

25 November 2022
The Parish

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

26 November 2022
Rescue Rooms

Nottingham, United Kingdom

1 December 2022
Wedgewood Rooms

Southsea, United Kingdom

3 December 2022
O2 Academy Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

7 December 2022
The Caves

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

8 December 2022
Gorilla

Manchester, United Kingdom

9 December 2022
Newcastle University Student Union

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

10 December 2022
Thekla

Bristol, United Kingdom

14 December 2022
The Y Theatre

Leicester, United Kingdom

15 December 2022
KK's Steel Mill

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

16 December 2022
Leeds University Stylus

Leeds, United Kingdom

17 December 2022
Islington Assembly Hall

London, United Kingdom