Lizzie and Vidar’s first album Company of Ghosts was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards, and BBC Radio 2′s Folk Show listed it in the top 10 albums of the year. Their second album Black Hound Howling and subsequent EP, Songs of Drink and Revolution, were met with wide acclaim as the duo began to take on political themes and to combine songs with beat poetry and storytelling. In 2017 they released Narvik, an EP featuring songs, soundtrack and monologues from their award winning theatre show of the same name.
The duo are currently completing their third album, due for release in Autumn 2023. Using strings, synths and brass, I Saw the City offers ten soaring lyric-driven songs soaked in the stories of the city. Autumn tour dates to be announced.
Lizzie has played across the UK and Norway, and in 2012 performed at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Belfast Waterfront Hall with The Irish Sea Sessions. She is also an award winning playwright. Her play with songs Narvik (Box of Tricks National Tour Jan-March 2017, Norwegian Tour with Nordland Teater Autumn 2019), was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and won Best New Play in the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Other recent work includes play with songs The Sum (Everyman, May-June 2017) with the theatre’s new rep company, The Snow Dragons (National Theatre, Connections Festival, July 2017), and Horny Handed Tons of Soil (Unity Theatre Liverpool, July 2017, National Tour Spring 2018) a live poetry and music piece commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Mersey Sound anthology.
Vidar is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Norway, now based in Liverpool. His debut EP Blind Carbon Copy was released in 2015 in the UK, Japan and Norway. Vidar has toured worldwide as a member of Liverpool's alt pop unit Wave Machines with highlights including Glastonbury, SXSW and BBC Electric Proms. He has worked as composer and sound designer on numerous successful theatre projects including Narvik (National Tour 2017) and The Sum (Liverpool Everyman 2017) on which he was also musical director. In 2011 he was named as Norway’s most promising song writing talent, winning a place at Song:Expo with some of the worlds leading producers and songwriters.
‘It’s hard to imagine a record more original from any emerging artists.’
Clive Pownceby, Folk North West on Black Hound Howling
‘This multi-talented songstress is evidently one of the great new voices of British folk.’
Eleanor Dickinson, The Journal
‘Rebel folk endures and develops uniquely – just listen to Lizzie Nunnery.’
Ed Vulliamy, The Observer
‘A couple of really, really fine albums…very thoughtful, deep and interesting songs.’
Mike Harding on Company of Ghosts and Black Hound Howling