Nancy Wallace is a singer and musician hailing from East London, having been born and raised in a folk-singing family in a Suffolk seaside town. She came to notice singing with the Memory Band - she features on the albums "The Memory Band" and "Apron Strings" - and later as part of the cult alt-folk collective The Owl Service. A guitarist and concertina player (as were her father and grandfather before her), her approach to both instruments, and her interpretations of both traditional material and her own songs, set her apart on the contemporary folk scene. Her solo releases began with the critically acclaimed Young Hearts ep, songs from which have been included on a number of popular compilation albums including Cosmosonica and the Big Chill. Her debut full length album, Old Stories, was released in 2009 to universally glowing reviews, garnering her a cover feature in fRoots magazine and a BBC Folk Awards nomination. Her songs have appeared in such diverse places as the Rough Guide to English Folk, and the soundtrack to acclaimed British film Kelly & Victor.
2014 was a busy year which saw Nancy taking part in an artists’ residency in Marrakech, getting married, relocating to Montreal, setting up a busy Bandcamp page and releasing two 7” vinyl singles, as well as a handmade compilation of home recordings, ‘Stumbling Over Chairs’. She also found time to sing on recordings by Alex Highton, Greanvine, Sharron Kraus, the forthcoming international folk project A Tryst of Wolves and, of course, the Owl Service. After taking a bit of a 'breather' whilst settling into her new adopted home town, she has played a number of well-recieved shows in Montreal and is currently writing and recording material for her next ‘proper’ album.
Live, Nancy creates an atmosphere and intimacy with her audience which is not to be missed. She has performed throughout Britain and Europe, including at festivals such as The Green Man, Glastonbury, End of the Road, Sidmouth Folk Week, The Big Chill and Towersey Folk Festival.