Friday 07 September 2018: 8.00pm
Lisbee Stainton has been writing music for 22 years. She recorded her first album, Firefly, at 17 before going on to study Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. In addition to releasing five studio albums, Stainton has also toured with notable artists such as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman – the latter being so moved by Stainton’s live performances that he invited her to join his band in 2012.
Stainton released a new album in March 2018, ‘Lisbee LIVE’, featuring nine versions of previously released songs and two brand new songs. Stainton named the album ‘Lisbee LIVE’ partly for the simplicity of the approach to its creation, but also as a small nudge and a wink to those of her fans who participate in her monthly online gigs via her Facebook page, which are also called ‘Lisbee LIVE’:
“Every song on the album was recorded in one take, so what you’re hearing is, quite simply, just me and my guitar. I made 300 physical copies to sell only at shows during late 2017, with a view to giving my audience the opportunity to essentially ‘take the gig home’ at the end of the night; a show souvenir, if you will.”
Now based in London, Hampshire-born Stainton’s career originally started in 2007 when she became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, it was Tom Robinson who discovered Stainton’ song ‘Red’, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2.