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"Interview with Greta Isaac"

unavailable. see link. - Ben Palit - Cymru Culture


"Review: Rachel Sermanni @ Ten Feet Tall"

"Next was gifted 17-year-old Greta Isaac, a Cardiff based singer songwriter who continues to show signs of a bright future. She is probably fed up of being compared to Laura Marling but both in look and, at times, sound there are clear similarities. For someone of such tender years, her voice is impressively rich and it delivered a sad, hopeful and mature set of songs. “I wrote this when I was fifteen” she said of one of her best tracks My Book. Audible gasps were heard."
- Tom Bevan - The Sprout


"Review: Rachel Sermanni @ Ten Feet Tall"

"Next was gifted 17-year-old Greta Isaac, a Cardiff based singer songwriter who continues to show signs of a bright future. She is probably fed up of being compared to Laura Marling but both in look and, at times, sound there are clear similarities. For someone of such tender years, her voice is impressively rich and it delivered a sad, hopeful and mature set of songs. “I wrote this when I was fifteen” she said of one of her best tracks My Book. Audible gasps were heard."
- Tom Bevan - The Sprout


"New Treat: Greta Isaac"

"A few days ago I featured Jodie Goffe, a 16 year old singer songwriter with heaps and heaps of potential. And here is another one for you, the stunning Greta Isaac. Greta hails from Cardiff and has one of those ridiculously pure voices, she’s like a lone member of The Staves. Team that with adorable melodies, wrapped in cotton wool and dipped in honey. It’s ridiculously sweet, but ridiculously lovely too. There is a hint of Laura Marling there, but also hits of James Taylor like songwriting, and more Americana influences.

Of the songs on her Soundcloud page, ‘Signs’ which is a demo, is my favourite. Luxuriously delicate and a step up lyrically from the earlier tracks. ‘Feet up off the Ground’ is gorgeous and the most country sounding of the lot- from this you’d think she was destined to be Wales’s answer to Taylor Swift. ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘My Book’ continue the gorgeousness, her voice being particularly strong in ‘My Book’ and the vocal melody on the line ‘I told you to be honest, but to be honest is not what I want’ is absolutely sublime.

I look forward to seeing what this young lady does next, what a stunning, stunning start." - Flying With Anna


"Introducing: Greta Isaac"

"What immediately struck a chord was the purity of Greta’s voice, that combined with very simple arrangements of guitar and piano. This all works to make some truly wonderful songs. It’s no secret on this site that I love The Staves, with other acts like Emily and the Woods hot on their heels. Greta Isaac fits very nicely into this genre and I’m sure given enough time she’s got all the qualities there to do something quite special.

Please have a listen to some of the tunes. I’d recommend an open fire and some wine or beer to be at hand as you melt away." - Clean Slate Music


"Introducing: Greta Isaac"

"What immediately struck a chord was the purity of Greta’s voice, that combined with very simple arrangements of guitar and piano. This all works to make some truly wonderful songs. It’s no secret on this site that I love The Staves, with other acts like Emily and the Woods hot on their heels. Greta Isaac fits very nicely into this genre and I’m sure given enough time she’s got all the qualities there to do something quite special.

Please have a listen to some of the tunes. I’d recommend an open fire and some wine or beer to be at hand as you melt away." - Clean Slate Music


"Review of The People The Poet, Greta Isaac, Sleepy Panda Club - The Moon Club, Cardiff"

"When Greta Isaac takes to the stage there’s only one thought on my mind – is she actually old enough to buy a drink in here.
The answer, as she’s 16, is not. So no doubt with a rider full of assorted soft drinks, she takes to the stage as one of the more talked about singer-songwriters currently plying her youthful trade.
It would be condescending to suggest this is because:
a. She only took up playing the guitar a year ago
b. She wrote her first songs aged just 15
There is no c, but if there was I’d suggest it be that the positive murmurings are because what she delivers is maturity beyond her years.
In hushed reverie we listen to her captivating voice that twinkles like the ‘stars’ shimmering down from The Moon Club ceiling’s fairy lights.
Keeping up the youth club vibe, she’s accompanied by her brother Moc, who looks like he’d similarly struggle to purchase an alcoholic beverage – even if he wore a stuck-on beard.
Her voice is plaintive, stark and emotive – especially on recent Radio Wales single of the week, the folky mellow gold of Feet Up Off The Ground.
At 16 I could barely mumble a sentence, trapped as I was in awkward pre-pubescence. I can only watch on and admire Greta’s confidence and her ability.
There’s a charming and surprising interlude as Leon – the frontman of tonight’s main attraction The People The Poet joins her for an amusingly ramshackle cover of Ryan Adams’ Oh My Sweet Carolina – which lapses into laughs as they both forget words but hits the highs when they jel in sweet union – the little mistakes just adding to the endearing nature of the set." - David Owens - A Sound Reaction


"Review of The People The Poet, Greta Isaac, Sleepy Panda Club - The Moon Club, Cardiff"

"When Greta Isaac takes to the stage there’s only one thought on my mind – is she actually old enough to buy a drink in here.
The answer, as she’s 16, is not. So no doubt with a rider full of assorted soft drinks, she takes to the stage as one of the more talked about singer-songwriters currently plying her youthful trade.
It would be condescending to suggest this is because:
a. She only took up playing the guitar a year ago
b. She wrote her first songs aged just 15
There is no c, but if there was I’d suggest it be that the positive murmurings are because what she delivers is maturity beyond her years.
In hushed reverie we listen to her captivating voice that twinkles like the ‘stars’ shimmering down from The Moon Club ceiling’s fairy lights.
Keeping up the youth club vibe, she’s accompanied by her brother Moc, who looks like he’d similarly struggle to purchase an alcoholic beverage – even if he wore a stuck-on beard.
Her voice is plaintive, stark and emotive – especially on recent Radio Wales single of the week, the folky mellow gold of Feet Up Off The Ground.
At 16 I could barely mumble a sentence, trapped as I was in awkward pre-pubescence. I can only watch on and admire Greta’s confidence and her ability.
There’s a charming and surprising interlude as Leon – the frontman of tonight’s main attraction The People The Poet joins her for an amusingly ramshackle cover of Ryan Adams’ Oh My Sweet Carolina – which lapses into laughs as they both forget words but hits the highs when they jel in sweet union – the little mistakes just adding to the endearing nature of the set." - David Owens - A Sound Reaction


"Introducing - Greta Isaac"

"This weeks introducing is an incredibly talented young singer/songwriter based in Cardiff. Displaying maturity within her musical abilities way beyond her years, Greta Isaac is a name you’ll be sure to hear a lot of this year.

Blending her acoustic guitar in perfect accord with her sublime, tender vocals, Isaac proves through early demos it’s a sound waiting to captivate hundreds. If you’ve not already had the pleasure, sit back, relax and enjoy."
- Daisy Digital


"Introducing - Greta Isaac"

"This weeks introducing is an incredibly talented young singer/songwriter based in Cardiff. Displaying maturity within her musical abilities way beyond her years, Greta Isaac is a name you’ll be sure to hear a lot of this year.

Blending her acoustic guitar in perfect accord with her sublime, tender vocals, Isaac proves through early demos it’s a sound waiting to captivate hundreds. If you’ve not already had the pleasure, sit back, relax and enjoy."
- Daisy Digital


"Introducing | Greta Isaac"

"One of the joys of writing for a music magazine is discovering new music that makes you stop dead in your tracks and become oblivious to everything else that is going on around you. This is exactly what happened when I started to listen to Greta Isaac.

Greta is a young singer/songwriter based in Cardiff who has a musical maturity far beyond her years. She taught herself to play guitar in January 2011, then began writing songs so accomplished and sublime that it is really hard to believe she is so young and new to the whole songwriting process.

Greta compliments the sound of the acoustic guitar, one of the most beautiful sounds in the world, with a voice so innocent and warming that you will instantly fall in love with her music.

We have been privy to experience her live performances on two occasions in the last six months. First at Swn Festival and just two days ago in the Gwdihw Cafe Bar. Despite the differing audiences, venues and sound quality on those nights, Greta’s honest, accomplished songwriting and natural charm was a constant.

Female singer/songwriters have taken on a resurgence over the last couple of years with Laura Marling seemingly leading the way. These demos from Greta are more than enough evidence to prove that she is just waiting for her chance to cause the entire nation to be lost for words and become captivated by her music."
- Steve Tay - AMP - A Musical Priority


"Introducing | Greta Isaac"

"One of the joys of writing for a music magazine is discovering new music that makes you stop dead in your tracks and become oblivious to everything else that is going on around you. This is exactly what happened when I started to listen to Greta Isaac.

Greta is a young singer/songwriter based in Cardiff who has a musical maturity far beyond her years. She taught herself to play guitar in January 2011, then began writing songs so accomplished and sublime that it is really hard to believe she is so young and new to the whole songwriting process.

Greta compliments the sound of the acoustic guitar, one of the most beautiful sounds in the world, with a voice so innocent and warming that you will instantly fall in love with her music.

We have been privy to experience her live performances on two occasions in the last six months. First at Swn Festival and just two days ago in the Gwdihw Cafe Bar. Despite the differing audiences, venues and sound quality on those nights, Greta’s honest, accomplished songwriting and natural charm was a constant.

Female singer/songwriters have taken on a resurgence over the last couple of years with Laura Marling seemingly leading the way. These demos from Greta are more than enough evidence to prove that she is just waiting for her chance to cause the entire nation to be lost for words and become captivated by her music."
- Steve Tay - AMP - A Musical Priority


"NME live review: Swn Festival 2011"

"Preconceptions are swallowed, then, before Thursday’s opening act, Greta Isaac at O’Neill’s. The programme says she’s 16, taught herself to play guitar in January this year, and for a full house, also mentions Laura Marling. All sniffiness, however, is quickly blasted away by her fizzy demeanour and spry guitar work, her songs gently ruminative and proof of a young woman who’s wise with her years rather than beyond them." - Laura Snapes - NME


"NME live review: Swn Festival 2011"

"Preconceptions are swallowed, then, before Thursday’s opening act, Greta Isaac at O’Neill’s. The programme says she’s 16, taught herself to play guitar in January this year, and for a full house, also mentions Laura Marling. All sniffiness, however, is quickly blasted away by her fizzy demeanour and spry guitar work, her songs gently ruminative and proof of a young woman who’s wise with her years rather than beyond them." - Laura Snapes - NME


Discography

Feet Up Off the Ground - Radio 1, Radio Wales (track of the week)

What Will I Do - Radio 1

My Book - Radio Wales

Don't Go - Radio Wales

Acoustic sessions for -

Jen Long - Radio 1 BBC Introducing in Wales

Lynne Bowles, Jamie Owen, Roy Noble, Alan Thompson, BBC Radio Wales Music Day 2012 - BBC Radio Wales.

Lisa Gwilym - BBC Radio Cymru

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Bio

At the age of 15,Greta Isaac picked up an acoustic guitar,taught herself to play and soon after started composing her own music.The beautiful crafting of the diminutive songstress’ songs, mixed with the innocent purity of her voice soon caught the eyes and ears of those around her. In the two years she has been performing, she has captivated her audiences with the soulfulness of her tunes which reflect great maturity and wisdom for her years. Taking her influences from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Steven Bishop, James Taylor and Rufus Wainright,Greta’s music and narrative have a sincerity which will outlast trends and continue to charm.