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Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel
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Sarah Gillespie Quartet
Sarah Gillespie

"From Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell with a little rap like percussiveness thrown in: she is an original" - John Fordham

Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Frank Harrison piano, Eddie Hicks drums, Ben Bastin Bass

Sarah Gillespie was born in London to an American mother and British father. She grew up in Norfolk, England – interspersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz. From the age of 4, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the USA, busking in the streets and playing gigs.

On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Sarah’s critically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009) In The Current Climate (2011) Glory Days (2013) and her anti-war narrative suite The War on Trevor (2012) all received 4 and 5 star reviews in the broadsheet and music press. Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world wide. She has performed in many festivals, arts centres and jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.” Sarah’s band features Eddie Hicks on drums, Ben Bastin on bass and our good friend Frank Harrison on piano.
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Sarah Jane Morris
Sarah Jane Morris

River deep, mountain high, a truly magnificent voice with a special FleeceJazz Christmas concert! Don't miss "the breathtaking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris's voice.." JAZZWISE
"Sarah Jane Morris could not sing an insincere note if she tried." - Jazz Wise

Sarah Jane Morris Vocals, Tony Remy – guitar, Tim Cransfield – guitar

Sarah Jane Morris is a singer at home in a wide range of genres including pop (she worked extensively with the Communards), rock and R&B as well as Jazz . She has a throaty, extraordinarily deep voice. With her flamboyant, idiosyncratic style, she is a singer 0f awesome eloquence.

She brings UK guitar supremo Tony Remy, and Trinidadian guitarist Tim Cransfield who is the first call session musician for just about anybody.

"Her excellent voices oars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the Delta and smoky Chicago clubs" – Daily Telegraph.
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