Call it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs, mapping epic natural landscapes and deeply intimate, personal territory. The Toronto vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist has released three acclaimed solo albums. Hide Nor Hair, her Chris Stringer-produced sophomore LP, won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year in 2017. Since then, Lapell has been on the road, touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and playing at festivals like Pop Montreal, Mariposa, In The Dead Of Winter, Tiny Lights and Folk On The Rocks. Getaway, Lapell’s ambitious third release, is out February 1st 2019 on Coax Records/Outside.
“Powerful, sweet voice and warm guitar sound"
— NOW Toronto
“Her pipes have a smoky smoothness that creeps into the memories of your heart and lingers gracefully."
“Traces of Natalie Merchant, Sharon Van Etten, Frazey Ford and Sandy Denny."
— Folk Radio UK
“Haunting voice and impeccable guitar playing."
— CBC Radio 3
• NEW ALBUM GETAWAY RELEASED FEBRUARY 1st 2019
CBC Radio 1 Song of the Week (“Halfway to Mexico") / Fresh Air feature
Debuted at #2 on earshot! top 10 folk/roots/blues radio chart and top 20 national chart
Over 1 million streams on Spotify
2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Album of the Year (Hide Nor Hair)
2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council (Jordan)
2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Singer of the Year (Hide Nor Hair)
2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards - Best Folk/Roots and Best Video
• TOURS across Canada / U.S. / Germany / Netherlands / Belgium / France / U.K. / Ireland
• SELECT SHOWCASES and FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2017-2019:
Folk Alliance International (Official Showcase 2019) / Pop Montreal / Mariposa Folk Festival (ON) / Vancouver Island MusicFest (BC) / Ottawa Bluesfest / In The Dead of Winter (NS) / Tiny Lights (BC) / Folk on the Rocks (NT) / Trout Forest Music Festival (ON) / Wide Cut Weekend (AB) / South Country Fair (AB) / Come by the Hills Music Festival (AB) / Live from the Rock (ON) / Island Unplugged Folk Festival (ON) / Full Circle Festival (NS) / Folk Music Ontario (Official Showcase 2018) / Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (Formal Showcase 2017) / Canadian Music Week (ON)
• TOURS by bike (Tune Your Ride), canoe (Fish Quill) & train (VIA Music on Board)
live performance videos
SALLY / Southern Souls
NIGHT BIRD & MORNING BIRD / Live at Hugh's Room
JORDAN / Live at the Burdock