Starting out as a busker in Camden, Zoe Wren was the youngest performer to play the main stage at Folkstock Festival when she was just 16. She is now a recipient of the 2017 PRS Lynsey de Paul Prize for emerging female singer-songwriters, and has been chosen for music agency TALENTBANQ’s roster. Her new EP Gold and Smoke, called ‘refreshingly bold’ by Fatea magazine, is based on contemporary re-tellings of traditional folk stories, and will be released in February 2018 with Folkstock Records. Her previous single ‘Nothing to See’ received airplay on BBC Radio 2 on the Bob Harris show.
Citing Joni Mitchell as her biggest influence, Zoe’s songs explore unusual chord progressions in various guitar tunings, accompanying a ‘crystal yet satin voice’ (Danny Farragher, Folk All). Zoe has supported acts such as Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, and was handpicked to open for Ralph McTell at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Her growing reputation has seen her invited to perform on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections, and at Cambridge Folk Festival for Hitchin Folk Club, having previously been chosen to perform on Stage 2 in Brian McNeill’s Festival Session. She also holds a coveted London Underground busking license, and can occasionally be spotted busking at pitches on the tube!
Powerful and pervasive, her songs hook you from the first line. “It takes an especially strong new voice to rise above the general hubbub of the current English folk song flashmob… Zoё showcases a maturing voice and songs that have depth to match their indisputable charm”. “blending a finesse voice with the soothing tones of acoustic strumming…tantalising .. lashings of potential to work the cross genre songbook. She can sing quite comfortably in the classical traditional style and still retain a contemporary charm to captivate the listener”. Instrumentali Musicale.