Little Sister are a bright young folk band that seduce audiences with their quirky song-stories of frog love fairytales and lonely magpies. They embrace many different cultures in their music, taking inspiration from their travelling experiences and individual world music tastes. Their eclectic style encompasses celtic folk, klezmer, pop, reggae beats, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll.
Sam Fox, Hannah Marsden, Katy Bennett and Laura Mattison are best known for their velvety four-part vocal harmonies and for creating exciting and unusual instrumental arrangements. The girls may be petite but they make up for it with their plus-size and varied instruments, which include an enormous accordion, strings, guitar, flute, mandolin and percussion. Most noticeable at gigs is the entrance of the giant oven-glove, which unzips into a full-size classical harp.
The band have been influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Elvis Presley, Alison Krauss, Flook, Lau and Fairport Convention. Their diverse set combines original songs and fresh takes on traditional material with a dash of the sublime and a drop of the ridiculous.
Little Sister have appeared at many festivals including Truck, Solfest, Shambala, Wood, Stainsby, Small World and other venues across the UK. They have supported artists such as Garth Hudson, Dave Swarbrick, Po’Girl, ex-Albion band singer Gillie Nicholls, Laura Marling, Karine Polwart and Danny & the Champions of the World and have recorded radio sessions live for the BBC and for DJ Bob Harris’s WBBC productions.
Little Sister’s debut album ‘Grey to Green’ will be released in December 2009. The album contrasts city and country life: where you come from, where you go and things that happen along the way such as falling over in the street, picking yourself up and ‘Rolling’ on your way.
‘They’re upbeat, accomplished and joyous’ Oxford Daily Info
‘The girls tackle klezmer, Celtic and English folk with aplomb and bring something new to each genre...the instrumentals exude class and the vocals and harmonies set your spine atingling. Don’t miss any chance to hear this brilliant young group.’ Peter Arnold of Priddy Folk Festival
‘The homegrown answer to The Be Good Tanyas’ Birmingham 101 Magazine