Sunday 5th June 2022
£25.00 - £45.00
LINE-UP: SARAH GILLESPIE vocals, guitar; KIT DOWNES piano; TONY REMY guitar; CONOR CHAPLIN bass; JAMES MADDREN drums; EMMA DIVINE bvs
‘Accompanied by her band of young, jazz heavies, the guitarist/singer songwriter’s witty, free-flowing originals have a beat poet’s eye for observation’ Selwyn Harris – JAZZWISE ★★★★
Critically acclaimed, Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie is renowned for mixing jazz, blues and folk with her trademark streetwise poetic lyrics. Her 4 albums received outstanding reviews from the UK press and she has toured extensively for the last 10 years, performing in leading venues and festivals in Europe, the UK and USA including Blue Note (Milan) Ronnie Scott’s (London) CBGB’s (NYC) Singer Songwriter Festival (Lahr, Germany) and sold out shows at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room.
She’s played live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (twice), Loose Ends and Start the Week – where she was invited to discuss the role of politics in the arts. (She has an MA in Philosophy and Politics). She has also received airplay on BBC Radio 3, 2 plus Public Radio in the US and was recently the Captain on the University Challenge Christmas Special!
‘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. John Fordham 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’ Telegraph ★★★★
‘Alive with her characteristic wit, savvy and sensitivity’. Album of the year.’ The Arts Desk ★★★★★
‘Superior lyrics & compositional acumen flourish in the hands of a truly powerful band.’ R&R Magazine ★★★★★