Following the tremendous success of her debut album “Glenaphuca” in 2021, singer-songwriter and contemporary folk artist Lewis Barfoot is hitting the road for the highly anticipated launch of her second album, “HOME.” Set to release on 17th November2023, this album promises to captivate audiences with its heartfelt storytelling and ethereal folk melodies. Lewis Barfoot’s musical journey takes a deeply personal turn with “HOME,” as she explores her Irish heritage and delves into the haunting narratives of her Cork-born female relatives. The album sheds light on a dark past of institutional incarceration, delicately transformed by Lewis into a collection of beautiful songs. Through her evocative lyrics, and the exquisite purity of her voice “HOME” holds the power to heal the wounds of the past and inspire future generations to live fearlessly.
The album’s uplifting and inspirational nature is enriched by Lewis Barfoot’s seamless introduction of a rhythm section to her folk palette. Her voice reaches new depths of beauty, enveloping listeners in a timeless and enchanting atmosphere. Comparisons to acclaimed artists such as Kate Rusby, Sandy Denny, Máire Brennan, a young Joni Mitchell, and Julie Fowlis further underscore Lewis Barfoot’s status as a gifted and captivating storyteller.
In the creation of “HOME,” Lewis Barfoot collaborated with Kerry Andrew (aka You Are Wolf), who provides enchanting backing vocals on two songs. Additionally, Ben See lent his arranging talents to create a choral arrangement that brings a breathtaking closure to the album.
First single from HOME, released today is Dublin City Bells, described as a jubilant song of celebration, inspired by the bells ringing and the streets of Dublin filling as the lockdown was lifted.
“Dublin City Bells“ draws inspiration from the resounding bells and bustling streets of Temple Bar as they reverberated with life after the lifting of lockdown in the summer of 2021. I was artist in residence with Dublin City Arts Office, and until that point, I’d been living in a wooden cabin in the mountains in West Cork. It was a total culture shock. The mood in the streets was incredible. It was Pride; there was so much joy, celebration and the feeling of community. Everyone was hanging outside drinking, laughing and reconnecting, and this song speaks of that delight. It is the first single from my new album, HOME.”
Barfoot’s “HOME” promises to be a musical masterpiece, fusing rich storytelling, haunting melodies, and soul-stirring vocals. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey as Lewis takes to the stage in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Lowestoft, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Norwich and Bath. The UK tour is supported by Culture Ireland.
Lewis Barfoot HOME – UK & Ireland tour 2023
Thurs 7th Sept – Anteros Arts – Norwich
Sat 9th Sept – The Grit – Lowestoft
Weds 13th Sept – Folklore Rooms – Brighton
Thurs 14th Sept – The Elm Tree – Cambridge
Friday 15th Sept – St Pancras Old Church – London**
Mon 18th Sept – The Bell Inn – Bath
Wed 28th Nov – Whelan’s – Dublin
1st Dec – Cill Rialiag – Kerry
2nd Dec – Marino Church – Bantry**
9th Dec – Sirius Arts Centre – Cobh**