Kirsty Merryn at Croydon Folk Club on Monday, 29th April, 8:15

Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer-songwriters on the UK folk roots scene.

Her music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters.

But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Emphatic piano-based songs with sharply-observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings, are delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals.