The Cluny presents:

Sarah Gillespie


  • Date: Tue 24 Sep 2024
  • Venue: Cluny 2
  • Advance tickets: £16.50
  • Doors: 7:30pm

In the last 12 years Anglo-American singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie has released 5 critically acclaimed albums, 3 EP’s + a book of poetry. She’s toured extensively, headlining leading venues + festivals in Europe and the USA including headline shows at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room + shows in Sicily, Seattle, NYC, Spain + Germany. 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).

Tonight, Gillespie will be performing an intimate set with her bandmate Chris Monatgue. They will be debuting songs (4 of which they co-wrote)  from Gillespie’s latest album Half Cut recorded in Berlin’s legendary Hansa studio. The music is a mix of wonky narrative folk, Americana + jazz punctuated by Gillespie’s trademark poetic lyricism. Her bandmate Chris Montague is regularly compared to Tom Waits right hand man Marc Robot and the Americana/Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.

Like Dylan on amphetamines’ The Financial Times ★★★★

‘Haunting tunes and striking lyrics…yearningly pretty and bitter sweet’ The Independent ★★★★★

‘Joni Mitchell with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, Gillespie is an original. The Guardian ★★★★

‘Beat poet adventurer strays beyond the boundaries of singer-songwriter’ MOJO ★★★★

‘Just beautiful’ Robert Wyatt 

‘Her songs are beautiful, poetic artefacts’ Sunday Times ★★★★

Easy to understand why she attracts Tom Waits comparisons Americana UK


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