LINE-UP: SARAH GILLESPIE vocals, guitar; KIT DOWNES piano, organ; LAURA JURD trumpet; CHRIS MONTAGUE guitar; RUTH GOLLAR bass; JAMES MADDREN drums
Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie is renowned for mixing elements of jazz, folk, Americana & blues with her streetwise poetic lyrics. Having released 4 critically acclaimed albums in the last 10 years, she has toured extensively across Europe and the USA headlining leading venues and festivals. She has twice played live on BBC 'Woman's Hour' to 10 million listeners & was interviewed by Andrew Marr on 'Start the Week' on the role of politics in the Arts (she has a Master's Degree in Politics & Philosophy). Gillespie's most recent album 'Wishbones' (2018), produced by Mercury Prize nominated composer Kit Downes, was launched at London's Southbank Centreand received 5 star reviews & Album of the Year from the Arts Desk. A book of her lyrics was published by Oxford's Albion Beatnik Press in 2018. Gillespie is currently writing & recording in Notting Hill's iconic Eastcote Studios & is releasing her 5th album in 2021.
Tonight she is performing with her full band described by Jazzwise as 'young, jazz heavies' including Kit Downes - piano, James Maddren - drums, Chris Montague - guitar, Emma Divine - vocals, Ruth Goller - bass & special guest, Mercury Prize nominated Laura Jurd - trumpet.
'Haunting tunes and striking lyrics…yearningly pretty and bitter sweet' The Independent ★★★★★
'Joni Mitchell with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, Gillespie is an original. The Guardian ★★★★
Like Dylan on amphetamines' The Financial Times ★★★★
'Beat poet adventurer strays beyond the boundaries of singer-songwriter’ MOJO ★★★★
'Just beautiful' Robert Wyatt
'Her songs are beautiful, poetic artefacts' Mail on Sunday ★★★★
'Alive with her characteristic wit, savvy and sensitivity'. The Arts Desk ★★★★★
'Her witty, free-flowing originals on Wishbones have a beat poet's eye for observation' JAZZWISE ★★★★