Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon, UK.
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, Americana and old-time music.
Born in Oxford with creative and musical parents, Eliza developed a love for singing at a young age, surrounded by folk songs and plentiful traditional music. Later in her childhood she moved to the utterly inspiring Dartmoor, Devon. She was soon introduced to the genre of Old-Time and Appalachian music in her early teens after playing along with multi-instrumentalist father Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo. She began to discover her singing fitted perfectly with traditional American music and has since never looked back.
Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’, Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, entitled 'Appaloosas' and 'Sassafras Tea', as the lead vocalist and guitarist.
Eliza now sings and plays guitar alongside her father Peter Acty - Accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player, he's also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. A long musical career has seen Pete working with many notable musicians.
The duo have a strong dynamic acoustic sound tied together with traditional banjo songs and tunes and Eliza's own original songs inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, whilst also taking great inspiration from nature and her surroundings in Dartmoor, Devon.
In mid 2017 Eliza finished recording her debut EP 'Enough Time'. This exciting EP features the original title track along with four traditional tracks. 'Enough Time' has been fantastically well received by media and audiences alike in Eliza's home county of Devon, where intangible roots of
the American soul in music about jobs, hardship, loss and the road are still keenly felt.
"She has the perfect Americana voice" - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns (Mearns FM, Stonehaven, Scotland)
“Really beautiful dreamy vocals” - Kate Graham. (Devon Round Table, BBC introducing in Devon.)
“I think she's a great talent, reminds me of a more laconic Laura Marling” - Rupert Davis, Programmer for Grinagog Festival. (Devon Round Table, BBC Introducing in Devon)
“Amazing voice, I like the guitar tone. She's got a good sound.” - Benjamin Hudson. (Devon Round Table, BBC Introducing in Devon.)