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The Cluny presents:

Bridget St. John

Details

  • Date: Sat 31 Aug 2024
  • Venue: Cluny 2
  • Advance tickets: £16
  • Doors: 7:30pm

Bridget St. John is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who credits John Martyn and Michael Chapman as her “musical brothers” and mentors. She toured regularly on the British college and festival circuit along with other folk and pop luminaries of the time, such as Nick Drake and David Bowie. In 1974, she was voted fifth most popular female singer in that year’s Melody Maker readers’ poll.

Following three classic albums on John Peel’s Dandelion label in the late 1960s/early 1970s – Ask Me No Questions, Songs for the Gentle Man, and Thank You for… – Bridget found herself seeking new outlets and a new path when that label ceased operations in 1972. The album Jumblequeen followed on Chrysalis, and, after finding herself drawn towards New York City, Bridget relocated there in 1976 and began to move within the city’s underground folk music and singer-songwriter circuit.

What followed was a wealth of new material that fed her trademark sound into the melting pot of New York’s musical landscape, pulling in different influences and sounds, different musicians, and different approaches to songs. The recent Cherry Red box set, From There / To Here, includes Jumblequeen, 1995’s Take The 5ifth, and 17 previously unheard tracks, presented alongside her own contextual sleeve notes.

Bridget continues to write, record, and explore collaborations with various contemporary artists including Steve Gunn, Arandel, and David Nagler. She is the inspiration behind Scottish singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk’s 2023 song “Bridget St. John.” She continues to perform live and most recently opened for Bonny Light Horseman during their East Coast US tour. In March of 2024 she joined other Les Cousins alumni at the Moth Club in London, in support of Cherry Red’s 3 CD box set celebrating the legendary club and its owners – Andy & Diana Matheou.

 

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