Red Deer Advocate - Poet is inspiration for Edmonton songwriter
What does Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson have in common with a contemporary Edmonton songwriter?

A romantic sensibility, as it turns out.

Rebecca Lappa, who performs next Tuesday and Thursday (July 15, 17) on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio, drew on atmospheric poems written by England’s 19th-century poet laureate — including The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Lotus Eaters — as inspiration for songs on her latest CD...Read More

Rebecca Lappa - A Night at Nextfest
NxtFst 2014 Then I dashed over to Azimuth’s Living Room Playhouse to catch a new piece from Rebecca Lappa, the youthful artist who created major buzz last year with her folk opera The Earl (slated for Nextfest’s closing night next Sunday).With The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926, this amazing 17-year-old channels a bizarre event in our civic history through a the eyes of the reporter who covered the story - the night 14 circus elephants escaped their bonds and went exploring through the gardens, graveyards, and retail outlets of the West End.

Lappa fashions the story as a sort of song cycle, as per Jason Robert Brown. And a cast of vivid grotesques steps forward from the sideshow canvas – the strong man, the trapeze artist, Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy among them – to chronicle a night to remember. The storytelling has a picturesque period charm of its own, and the songs are clever. The transition between speech and song is sometimes a bit bumpy; Lappa, who accompanies herself on banjo or guitar or at the keyboard, isn’t nearly as strong a speaker of text as she is a singer. But the piece is a remarkable display of confidence, song-writing dexterity, and enthusiasm for quirky detail. Very impressive, and fun.

A Night at Nxtfst - Edmonton Journal Blog
Rebecca Lappa - Taking a Stand Against Bullying

Rebecca nominated for Canadian Folk Award

Rebecca Lappa nominated for 2013 Canadian Folk Awards

Rebecca Lappa nominated for 2013 Canadian Folk Awards

Rebecca in the Edmonton Examiner

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