Abigail Lapell

Abigail Lapell

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkAlternative

"Haunting, gorgeous modern folk music."

Biography

Abigail Lapell sings haunting folk songs inspired by roots, indie and punk rock traditions. Hailed as a folk/country artist to watch by NOW Magazine, she won the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year, and received the 2016 Colleen Peterson Award from the Ontario Arts Council. Lapell has toured across North America and Europe, performing on vocals, piano, harmonica and finger style guitar. Her new album, HIDE NOR HAIR, is out now on Coax Records.

A veteran of Montreal’s indie-folk scene, Lapell’s spirit is consummately DIY; she's toured by bicycle, canoe and train. Her acclaimed, Earshot!-charting 2011 debut Great Survivor was recorded in a bedroom by Heather Kirby (of Ohbijou) and hand-assembled from letterpress covers by Trip Print Press. For Hide Nor Hair, Lapell chose a different tack, working with mood wizard Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Amelia Curran) at Union Sound in Toronto. Along with Lapell and Stringer, the album features drummer (and whistle soloist) Benjamin Hermann; Rachael Cardiello on viola; Joe Ernewein on bass; longtime collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals, and Mike Eckert on pedal steel. 

Lapell has shared stages with the likes of tUne-yArdS, Andy Shauf and First Aid Kit, and has played at Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest, In the Dead of Winter (Halifax), FAI, NXNE and CMW, among others. 

"Haunting, gorgeous modern folk music." -Michael Barclay, The Record

"Her pipes have a smoky smoothness that creeps into the memories of your heart and lingers gracefully.” -Peter Ellman, Exclaim!

"Haunting voice and impeccable guitar playing." -Louise Burns, CBC 3 Artist of the Week 

Lyrics

Sally

Written By: Abigail Lapell

oh sally oh sally
oh why do you dally
out in the pouring rain
with the wind blowing madly
out in the alley
again and again and again?

oh father oh father
oh why do you bother
when it’s all gonna turn out the same
we can follow each other
each one from another
again and again
and again.

Yellow Rose

Written By: Abigail Lapell

Yellow Rose

My love is a yellow Rose,
Upon a thorny vine it grows
And so it comes, and so it goes
My love is a yellow rose

My heart is a sinking ship
Slips right through your fingertips
Cross your eyes and seal my lips
Hmmm, mmm...

My voice is a broken bone
Set and healing on its own
On and off and all alone
My voice is a broken bone

We have words for what we see
We have time, for all we know
Let it ride, let it be,
Let it go

My tongue is a speeding train
Around the world and back again
And some depart, and some remain
My tongue is a speeding train

We have words for what we see
We have time, for all we know
We have got to let it be
Let it go

And my love is a yellow rose
Good as any I suppose
And in our bed, a garden grows

Hostage Town

Written By: Abigail Lapell

I'm trying to find my friends
Swallowed up by the streets again
Can't tell you why, can't tell you where or when

But no sooner had we touched down,
Bent over and kissed the cold ground
Than a thousand feet marching in the street were all around

Can you tell me how to get home?
I never wanted to be on my own,
Can't stand it, I can't stand alone,
No, ooooh

And now I'm trying to find my way,
Hiding out in the cold light of day
With a thousand eyes watching from the skies
So you say

So, can you tell me how to get back?
You always said we were on the right track,
All ready to fight, all dressed in black,
Oh, oooooh

We're living in a hostage town
Fighting fires in the dead-end streets
Sky rises up and the lake lies down
And never the two will meet
Oh, no never the two will meet
We're living a wholesale lie,
Living in a hostage town

Oh, ooooh

Hostage Town

Written By: Abigail Lapell

I'm trying to find my friends
Swallowed up by the streets again
Can't tell you why, can't tell you where or when

But no sooner had we touched down,
Bent over and kissed the cold ground
Than a thousand feet marching in the street were all around

Can you tell me how to get home?
I never wanted to be on my own,
Can't stand it, I can't stand alone,
No, ooooh

And now I'm trying to find my way,
Hiding out in the cold light of day
With a thousand eyes watching from the skies
So you say

So, can you tell me how to get back?
You always said we were on the right track,
All ready to fight, all dressed in black,
Oh, oooooh

We're living in a hostage town
Fighting fires in the dead-end streets
Sky rises up and the lake lies down
And never the two will meet
Oh, no never the two will meet
We're living a wholesale lie,
Living in a hostage town

Oh, ooooh

Discography


HIDE NOR HAIR
2017 (Coax Records/Outside) 
Produced and recorded by Chris Stringer at Union Sound in Toronto. Assistant recording by Alex Gamble. Mastered by Fedge. Featuring Benjamin Hermann (drums, vocals), Rachael Cardiello (viola, vocals), Joe Ernewein (upright and electric bass), Jessica Moore (vocals) and Michael Eckert (pedal steel).


GREAT SURVIVOR
2011 (Self-released)
Recorded by Heather Kirby. Additional recording by James Anderson and Leandro Marcondes. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market. Featuring Jessica Moore (banjo, vocals), Lisa Bozikovic (piano, vocals), Heather Kirby (bass guitar), James van Bolhuis (drums), Aaron Lumley (double bass) and Julia Collins (violin).

Set List

Typical set ranges from 20 minutes to over 2 hours of original music with a few cover songs.