Sarah Gillespie

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Last Show: Thursday 25 th November 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie is renowned for mixing elements of jazz, folk & blues with her streetwise poetic lyrics. Having released 4 critically acclaimed albums in the last 10 years, she has toured extensively, headlining leading venues (Ronnie Scotts - London, Blue Note - Milan, CBGB's New York) plus festivals in Europe and the USA. She's twice played live on BBC 'Woman's Hour' & 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' received 5 star reviews & Album of the Year from the Arts Desk. Gillespie is currently recording in Notting Hill's iconic Eastcote Studios & is releasing her 5th album in 2022.

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"Haunting tunes and striking lyrics…yearningly pretty and bitter sweet"

The Independent

As with all of Gillespie's work, the political is meshed with the personal. Love songs You Win and Wishbones what London's Metro described as her 'lyrical dark romanticism and punkish attitude’. One song is just a matter of logistics, realpolitik and some funky gymnastics, whilst another depicts the human compulsion to blame a singular outside force for everything we don't like in life, with another, based entirely from Gillespie's daughter's nursery reports, reveals the inner world of a toddler where kingdoms are conjured.

Band Line Up

Sarah Gillespie (guitar & vocals)

Kit Downes (piano)

Conor Chaplin (bass)

Chris Montague (guitar)

James Maddren (drums)