Nancy Wallace, erstwhile voice of The Memory Band and more recently part of The Owl Service, released her fist solo venture - the wonderful Young Hearts EP - in 2005. A sublime collection of disco classics set to simple folk arrangements that won the hearts of everybody lucky enough to hear it. In 2009 Nancy finally unleashed her debut solo album. Old Stories has a charming simplicity and astounding beauty, unique interpretations of traditional British songs sit happily alongside Nancy's own compositions with a flow so seamless you forget which is which.
After gracing the cover of fRoots magazine in May 2009, she has become a firm favourite of BBC radio's Late Junction and Mike Harding shows. Last year was topped off with a nomination in the Horizon category of the BBC Folk Awards. Nancy is currently working on the follow-up to Old Stories and ajoint album with Jason Steel (both to be released on Rif Mountain in the spring/summer), as well as gigging around the country throughout 2010.
"Long respected as one of the purest voices on the folk circuit, this recording, like her live work, fashions an amazing intimacy with her listener. A substantial debut. (****)" Mojo
"Nancy Wallace is one of only a handful of young musicians capable of bridging the gap between contemporary folk music and folk conventionality with anything resembling aplomb." www.freshdeermeat.com
"Old Stories is one of the first highlights of 2009. She certainly has every right to be talked about in the same breath as some of the traditional music greats." www.bbc.co.uk