Abigail Lapell is a folk-noir singer-songwriter from Toronto. Her debut album, Great Survivor, showcases a rare talent for evocative songwriting and addictive melodies—along with a crowd-hushing voice, rich in emotional colour.
Drawing from folk, indie and traditional influences, Abigail has won over audiences of all stripes with her precise, crystal-and-smoke vocals and sparse-plucked electric guitar. Her music is often likened to leading lights like Sandy Denny, early Cat Power or a stormier Natalie Merchant — but there’s something distinctive in Abigail’s bittersweet tones and darkly playful lyrics that defies easy comparisons.
Abigail has toured across Canada, Europe and the U.K.; been featured at festivals like NXNE, Pop Montreal, Winterfolk (Toronto), Sappy Fest (Sackville, NB) and In the Dead of Winter (Halifax); and shared stages with the likes of Rae Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, Snailhouse, and Greg MacPherson, among many others. Abigail’s relentless performance schedule in the past year has included tours on Greyhound Buses, trains, and — most quintessentially Canadian — a 10-day canoe tour along Ontario’s Grand River.
Recorded by Heather Kirby (of Ohbijou), Great Survivor was released in Spring 2011 and features talented collaborators like Jessica Moore (banjo, vocals), Lisa Bozikovic (piano, vocals), James van Bolhuis (drums), Aaron Lumley (double bass) and Julia Collins (violin).
“Clear as a bell vocals, fluid and resonant guitar playing and a little bit of foot stamping for emphasis to boot… Take the chance to see a show if you can.”
– Muso’s Guide
“If you can’t find it in your heart to give Lapell points for spending almost every day on a Greyhound bus for a good half of August, then you might consider giving her a kudo or two for really knowing her way around a personal and plaintive tune… Go ahead, let yourself be impressed.”