For Madison Violet, it all began in 1999 during a chance meeting at a restaurant in Toronto, over a thousand miles away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was nearly 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since.
Over the past decade, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.
During their last 2 extensive tours of Europe, Madison Violet introduced a newer, bolder sound; one that came from their album ‘Year Of The Horse’. The duo felt an even bigger challenge would be to let the songs speak for themselves, and decided to recreate them in a more acoustic form – what the band consider to be their purest form – which will feature on their upcoming new album, ‘The Knight Sessions’.
This new offering from the duo will be both a re-imagining of previously recorded songs and a creation of brand new numbers, inspired by their deep-seeded love of the modern acoustic sound and the human experiences shaping their world today.
With that in mind, Brenley and Lisa decided to start their new adventure by visiting several pawn shops in Toronto, in a quest to find discarded items that they could use to make natural sounds in the studio. They sifted through an island of misfit toys and out of date electronics, and eventually found several instruments and percussive toys. From children’s wooden blocks to ukuleles with missing strings, one by one, Brenley and Lisa gave these gems a home, and started working on the new album.
“These unique items are what gave ‘The Knight Sessions’ a more organic feel.” the duo say. “The textures of the wood. The plucking of the old strings. The stories that were already in these ‘toys’, came out through the songs.”
This autumn, Lisa and Brenley will not only be returning to the UK and Europe for 45 shows, but they will be arriving in their most organic form. This will enable Brenley and Lisa to showcase music from ‘The Knight Sessions’ during their aptly named ‘Back to the Roots’ tour.
Madison Violet UK Tour Listings
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 The Convent, Stroud
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 Glee Club, Birmingham
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 Hove – House Concert
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, Devon
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 South Yorkshire, Folk, Roots & World Music Festival, Doncaster
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 The Tunnels, Bristol
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 Live Theatre, Newcastle
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 Glassel Hall, Glassel
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 Glassel Hall, Glassel