Sarah Gillespie is launching her brand new album at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on October 29th.
Gillespie’s new album arranged and co-produced with Mercury nominated composer Kit Downes, will be launched at the Purcell Rooms featuring James Maddren on drums, Ruth Goller on bass and Mercury Prize winner Laura Jurd guesting on trumpet . The band will tour in UK and Europe with a national PR campaign hitting broadsheets, music press, national/local radio and online platforms Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie has received wide-spread critical acclaim for her three albums that mix elements of jazz, folk and blues with her trademark streetwise lyricism.
“Gillespie, who joins Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, is an original.” - John Fordham - The Guardian
“Haunting tunes and striking lyrics…yearningly pretty and bitter sweet” The Independent ★★★★★
“An incandescent new presence.. with superior lyrics” The Guardian ★★★★
“Beat Poet adventurer who strays beyond the realm of singer songwriter” MOJO ★★★★
“Words tumble out unstoppable and direct” Financial Times ★★★★
“A poets construct and a glorious form of folk, a genuine singer songwriter” Rock N' Reel ★★★★★
“Blues narratives to rediscover again and again” Buzz Magazine ★★★★★
“Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Gillespie recalls all three but Gillespie’s spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive” METRO
“Just beautiful” - Robert Wyatt
Kit Downes - Piano
Kit Downes is a Mercury Prize nominated jazz composer and pianist. He has performed with his trio and as part of the prog-jazz band Troyka is major jazz festivals all over the world.
Ruth Goller - Bass
Ruth Goller (originally from Bressanone-Italy) is based in London and plays electric and double bass. After studying music in the UK (the London Music School and BA in Jazz at Middlesex University), she now performs regularly with leading UK bands, such as Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Andreya Triana, Oriole, Pat Walden, World Sanguine Report, The Golden Age of Steam, Bug Prentice, The Sefiroth Ensemble, Kamao Quintett, The Moss Project, Let Spin, Gufo and many more.
Chris Montigue - Guitar
One of the most innovative guitarists and musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer and has gained much acclaim for his contribution to many contemporary recordings. In 2013 he was made an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award that recognises former students for their contribution to the music environment in which they have been active since graduating.
James Maddren - Drums
James Maddren is a London, UK-based drummer and composer who hails from Horsham, Sussex, where at age 11 started school at Christ’s Hospital performing in many contrasting bands and orchestras. In 2004 while still at school he traveled to London to study with one of Europe’s top multi-instrumentalists, Jim Hart, who Maddren cites as a significant early influence and inspiration. Having left CH in summer 2005, he went on to study jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin France as his drum tutor. Graduating in 2009 with a 1st class degree James was also given ‘The Principal’s Award For Outstanding Studentship’. Currently one of London’s first-call young drummers, he enjoys listening to and performing all kinds of music and has shared the stage with many artists and ensembles
Emily River Thomson
Local singer/songwriter in the contemporary folk genre, playing both guitar and ukulele. Emily writes songs about local history and life in general. Emily is currently recording her debut album with Ulysses Records, this follows on from her debut EP which featured collaborations with the nationally acclaimed Blair Dunlop and locally talented musician Jody McKenna. Emily has played regional festivals and has supported international artists such as Blair Dunlop, Duke Special, Scott Matthews, Holloway Road and Emma Stevens. Emily was commissioned by ‘Walk The Plank’ to write the music for ‘River People’ which featured in ‘Voices of Freedom’ the main opening event of the Hull Freedom Festival 2015. Emily has also played live on local radio on a number of occasions in the last year.
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