“Self-recorded suite of warm, delicate songs. Recommended to the tender.”
Best Folk Albums of 2015
Independent on Sunday
“Delicately interwoven guitars, melodies and songs. Well worth a listen.”
Best Folk Albums of 2015, The Telegraph
“A bucolic hand-made, hand-played set recorded in her garden shed evoking the felicitous spirit of Vashti Bunyan or latterday Eddi Reader”.
Holly Lerski is a beatnik loving, mystic highway hunting, songwriter, traveller and dreamer. Guitar is her oldest friend - they met when she was 5.
After studying fine art at Norwich School of Art she followed her heart into music. Her first e.p. came out on Boo Hewerdine's label Haven Records in 1997, a cover of Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah'. A big fan of Jeff Buckley at the time, she fell in love with his version and recorded it as a demo. A few years prior she'd written to him in New York and received a postcard back that still hangs on her wall. When he died she wrote a song in tribute to him called 'Little Sister'.
Sometimes she plays with a band and sometimes she plays alone. She's released four albums: two on Haven Records, one on Sanctuary Records, the last on her own label. She recorded her last album, The Wooden House, in her garden shed. Both The Sunday Telegraph and the Independent picked it as one of the Best Folk albums of 2015.
She's played with artists including The Cranberries, John Hiatt, Josh Rouse, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Jason Mraz and Lucy Wainwright-Roche, performing in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the US.
In 2019 Holly travelled 2400 miles on the California Zephyr, from Chicago to San Francisco and drove 1700 miles around California writing songs. She went back later that year to Johnny Lee Schell's Ultratone Studio to record some of these with Grammy award winners James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (Bonnie Rait), Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal) and Twanguero, She then left LA for another songwriting road trip, clocking up 1300 miles. By the end of the journey she had the makings of a 10 track album and the beginnings of a book.
In 2020 she released the first fruit of her adventures, 'Home Is Your Shoulder'. Recorded remotely in lockdown with Hutch, the video featured an abandoned San Francisco. May 2021, a successful Kickstarter campaign helped her release a second single, this time the double A-side Carmel/Might Big Sur featuring a co-write with Hutch.
She begins recording the new album in November 2021.