“I’d like it to be ageless. I like to think that there’s another element to my music where it’s not a 19 year old girl singing it.” Flo Morrissey stands just on the brink of her 20th birthday, yet her voice and her songwriting possess a timelessness; an otherworldly naivety coupled with the weight of an old soul. It’s a rare quality, one that calls to mind the work of Karen Dalton, Jackson C Frank or Joanna Newsom, and that marks her out as a distinct and remarkable talent.
Morrissey grew up just off the Portobello Road in London, the second-oldest of nine children. If it was an unusual upbringing it was nonetheless one that has given her both the grounding and the confidence to plough her own particular furrow. “None of us were rebellious,” she says. “And we’ve all been very rooted to home. I get on a lot better with older people, I’m close with my parents, and I would rather spend time with my family than go to a party."