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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2 February 2023
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

Austin, United States

3 February 2023
Fillmore New Orleans

New Orleans, United States

4 February 2023
Mars Music Hall

Huntsville, United States

5 February 2023
The Senate

Columbia, United States

7 February 2023
The Mill & Mine

Knoxville, United States

10 February 2023
The Signal

Chattanooga, United States

11 February 2023
Old Forester's Paristown Hall

Louisville, United States

14 February 2023
The NorVa

Norfolk, United States

15 February 2023
The National

Richmond, United States

17 February 2023
Rochester Main Street Armory

Rochester, United States

19 February 2023
Live! Casino & Hotel

Hanover, United States

21 February 2023
Charleston Music Hall

Charleston, United States

24 February 2023
Hard Rock Cafe

Atlantic City, United States

25 February 2023
Vision Nightclub at Wind Creek Event Center

Bethlehem, United States

26 February 2023
The Paramount

Huntington, United States

28 February 2023
Palladium

Worcester, United States

3 March 2023
The Sylvee

Madison, United States

4 March 2023
GLC Live at 20 Monroe

Grand Rapids, United States

5 March 2023
The Clyde Theatre

Fort Wayne, United States

7 March 2023
JJ's LIVE

Fayetteville, United States

8 March 2023
Diamond Ballroom

Oklahoma City, United States

10 March 2023
Harrah's Casino

North Kansas City, United States

11 March 2023
The Admiral Theater

Omaha, United States

12 March 2023
Boulder Theater

Boulder, United States

14 March 2023
The Rialto Theatre

Tucson, United States

16 March 2023
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, United States

17 March 2023
Hollywood Palladium

Los Angeles, United States

18 March 2023
Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Riverside, United States

19 March 2023
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Reno, United States

27 May 2023
Temple Newsam

Leeds, United Kingdom