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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Live dates

16 October 2019
Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, Canada

18 October 2019
Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar Nightclub)

Victoria, Canada

19 October 2019
Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar Nightclub)

Victoria, Canada

22 October 2019
Union Hall

Edmonton, Canada

23 October 2019
MacEwan Hall

Calgary, Canada

25 October 2019
Coors Event Centre (formerly known as O'Brians Event Centre)

Saskatoon, Canada

26 October 2019
Convention Hall – Conexus Arts Centre

Regina, Canada

27 October 2019
Burton Cummings Theatre

Winnipeg, Canada

30 October 2019

Toronto, Canada

3 November 2019

Montréal, Canada

6 November 2019
The Fillmore Philadelphia presented by Cricket Wireless

Philadelphia, United States

8 November 2019
House of Blues Cleveland presented by Cricket Wireless

Cleveland, United States

9 November 2019
Majestic Theatre

Detroit, United States

27 November 2019
Exeter Lemon Grove

Exeter, United Kingdom

28 November 2019
The Parish

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

29 November 2019
The Crescent Community Venue

York, United Kingdom

30 November 2019
Arts Club

Liverpool, United Kingdom

4 December 2019
Wedgewood Rooms

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

5 December 2019
West End Centre

Aldershot, United Kingdom

6 December 2019
The Castle & Falcon

Birmingham, United Kingdom

7 December 2019
The Polar Bear

Hull, United Kingdom

10 December 2019
Bootleg Social

Blackpool, United Kingdom

11 December 2019

Sheffield, United Kingdom

12 December 2019
The Globe

Cardiff, United Kingdom

14 December 2019
The Garage

London, United Kingdom