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Sarah Gillespie + Ruta Di

Jan 23, 2022
A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who cites among her influences the aforesaid Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, plus Tom Waits and Lou Reed, Sarah is renowned for mixing elements of jazz, blues and folk with her distinctive streetwise lyricism.
Sarah’s lyrically driven songs are conveyed with a powerfully sensuous voice and deft finger-picking guitar. With her distinctive delivery, she’s a passionate and formidable storyteller – wrestling with the toils of life, love and yearning in a style that blends everyday banter with raw poetry.
Bursting with character, Sarah’s voice is strong and provocative, yet at the same time full of vulnerability – and it is this that makes her such a compelling performer.
All four of Sarah’s albums – Stalking Juliet, In The Current Climate, Glory Days and Wishbones – have garnered four and five star reviews from The Guardian, MOJO, The Independent, Rock and Real and The Arts Desk, plus plaudits from iconic musician Robert Wyatt.
As a teenager, Sarah busked across America and returned to London where she received a first class honours degree in literature and a Masters in Philosophy and Politics.
She went on to perform across Europe, the UK and the USA, with appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Start the Week and Loose Ends, plus airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and local stations worldwide. Her debut collection of poetry, Queen Ithaca Blues, was published by Oxford’s Albion Beatnik Press.
Backed by young jazz heavyweights Chris Montague, Kit Downes, Ruth Goller and James Maddren, this lady’s a fiercely independent and radical singer-songwriter, eschewing the clichés of the ‘chick with a guitar’ genre to deliver something far more poetic, political and visceral.
A hugely talented performer, aside from her sublime songwriting and a sultry voice that conjures up smoky saloon bars and jazz joints, she is a successful artist and poet.

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23rd January 2022
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Arts Centre (Colchester)
Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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01206 500 900
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