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Lewis Barfoot


Contemporary Folk. Half Irish, half English Lewis works with an uncomplicated loveliness of sound, combining ethereal, evocative vocals with original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and the UK. A timeless & gifted storyteller who transports the listener to strange, magical, otherworldly places.

“What a beautiful, beautiful voice she has, just gorgeous!” - Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster

“A balm for the soul” - Lillian Smith, RTÉ Radio 1

Frequently compared to the likes of Ane Brun, Joni Mitchell and Julie Fowlis. Her debut Glenaphuca will be released in March 2021 and has already received great praise from RTÉ 1, FRUK, BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ na Gaeltachta.


Alongside her creative work, Lewis inspires and encourages others to express themselves fully. She runs an empowering workshop series for female identified people exploring 12 of the core female archetypes: Inner Child, Maiden, Huntress, Wild Woman, Warrior, Trickster, Queen, Mother, Creatrix, Lover, Priestess and Crone. As well as specific Goddess workshops including Brigid and the Morrigan.

These workshops allow you to use the Archetypes to help face your fears, release blocked emotions like rage and shame and gain courage and confidence to make new choices in your life. Sharing her skills from years working with the body and voice as well as her background in healing Lewis will share with you how to use the archetypes in their positive pole to support you in all aspects of you life: be that to help you honour your boundaries, take care of your needs, take steps to achieve your goals, speak your truth, say NO and mean it and let go of old patterns and habits that no longer serve. You will also learn about the shadow poles and learn how to stop playing the victim or sabotaging your own life. Sacred, safe and confidential. The workshops involve movement, singing, chanting, sharing, writing responses, reflection, meditation & visualisations

ABOUT Lewis - I’ve been working with archetypes in performance and healing for over 10 years. Initially I read medicine at Southampton University and worked for 4 years as a medical doctor in the UK hospitals until the call to be creative and approach life from a different paradigm to conventional medicine became so strong that I left my medical career to train as an actor at ALRA in London. I graduated in 2002 and went on to work as an actress, theatre maker and singer performing in classical and contemporary theatre on the fringe, West End and Internationally. In between creative works I would locum as a Doctor in Oncology and Palliative care at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. But after 11 years of combining the two career the time came to hang up my stethoscope and focus on creativity.

I have created four performances inspired directly by the Archetypes: The History of the Pomegranate (Jackson’s Lane) a solo show drawing on the Persephone myth and her descent into the Underworld. The Seventh Muse (Barbican Theatre, Plymouth) Exploring the seven goddesses in Jean Shinoda Bolen’s “Goddesses in Everywomen”. Harvest Fire (Lemontree, Aberdeen) Inspired by “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover : Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine” By Robert Moore and WILD (Barbican, Plymouth) Drawing inspiration from Clarissa Pinkola Estes “Women Who Run With The Wolves”.

Since 2013 my creative work expanded to include songwriting and recording. In 2016 I launched an EP Catch Me and have gone on to release two single Wise Owl in 2017 and Hecate and in 2018. I recorded my debut album Glenaphuca in 2019 and this will be released in 2020. .