Thea Gilmore Plus Special Guests
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Anathema indeed, Thea Gilmore strikes an enviable pose within the clatter of the mainstream. Still just 35, she has – over 17 years – carved out a home from the solid rock of the music business and has been throwing album shaped house parties at a startling rate.

And now, album number 15 “Ghosts And Graffiti” – a different beast again. A compilation with its own twists – part new album, part retrospective. Gilmore revisits old material but does so in stellar company – the album features collaborations with Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, The Waterboys, Joan As Policewoman, John Cooper Clarke, King Creosote and I Am Kloot. Their contributions join forces with six all-new songs, and just for good measure Gilmore’s recent run of radio hits are included, alongside selected jewels from her back catalogue.

Born in Oxfordshire in 1979, young Gilmore was surrounded by the records of her father. Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell were never far from her fingertips.

Gradually, organically, Gilmore’s fanbase grew bigger with every release. Never chasing fame or chart success, she somehow landed them anyway …some of her biggest moments have seemed almost accidental, random. After ‘Juliet’ became a top 40 single in 2003 her stock rose, she played bigger venues, toured the US 4 times in 2004, and in the process garnered many heavyweight admirers including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Neil Gaiman.  Ghosts & Graffiti is as much an artistic achievement as it is a career celebration. Weaving the past with the present, this is an album that has its eyes firmly set on the horizon line.

Whilst perhaps not a household name, Gilmore has crept up on us all as a quiet icon.  She is the conscience of the music industry, that little voice in your head that proves that beyond hyperbole, beyond the glitterati, twitterati and the Facebook flash-in-the-pans, there is music that matters and the people that it matters to.  That is where true, lasting careers are born and that is exactly where Thea Gilmore shines.

Thea Gilmore website


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 Roxanne de Bastion

Born and raised in Berlin, where she grew up listening to the Beatles, learning guitar and attempting to write and perform my own songs.  Now based in London, Roxanne spends most of her time on trains across the UK playing in as many different nooks and crannies as possible.

Roxanne recently recorded her first album,. Roxanne says of her album, the 10 songs on the record were all written throughout my travels in the UK and tell of my life, things I observe and people I meet.

Roxanne de Bastion website

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