Sarah Gillespie

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Critically acclaimed, Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie is renowned for mixing elements of jazz and folk with her trademark streetwise poetic lyrics. Her 5 albums of original songs received outstanding reviews from the UK press and she's toured extensively for the last 14 years, headlining leading venues and festivals in Europe, the UK and USA. She's twice played live on BBC Radio 4’s 'Woman's Hour' + was interviewed by Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4’s 'Start the Week' on the role of politics in song. (She has a master’s degree in politics + philosophy).  

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"Her witty, free-flowing originals have a beat poet's eye for observation"


Book tickets for Sarah Gillespie

Tonight, Gillespie will be performing material from her new album Half Cut (Pastiche Records). Recorded in Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios and accompanied by her long term, power-house band Chris Montague (guitar), Tom Cawley (piano), James Maddren (drums) and Conor Chaplin (bass), the music on her latest release is turbocharged with lop sided, alt-county melodies, spring-loaded poetry and folk tales populated with characters fighting, loving, losing each other and themselves. Perhaps due to this album being partly written during lockdown, there is an overarching sense of emotional and physical claustrophobia punctured by the euphoria of escape as we veer from delicate melancholic laments to raucous piss-taking pastiche and Tom Waits-esque blues played by a virtuosic band of "jazz heavies.”

Band Line Up

Sarah Gillespie (guitar & vocals)

Tom Cawley (piano)

Conor Chaplin (bass)

Chris Montague (guitar)

James Maddren (drums)