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Written by Jim Eigo: jim@jazzpromoservices.com

Britain's Gwyneth Herbert in the United States

One of the UK's finest and most original singer-songwriters plays three shows in support of All The Ghosts, her critically acclaimed new album. Released in the US on June 8th on Naim Edge (via Allegro)

Thursday 17th June The Living Room www.livingroomny.com/ Ludlow Street, New York, USA 10002

Friday 18th June Rochester Jazz Festival http://www.rochesterjazz.com/, Christ Church http://www.christchurchrochester.org/music - Made In The UK Series, 141 East Ave, Rochester, New York, USA

Saturday 19th June Rochester Jazz Festival http://www.rochesterjazz.com/, Max of Eastman Place, http://www.maxrochester.net/eastman-place 387 East Main St, Rochester, New York NY 14604

Gwyneth Herbert, whose sublime version of Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart appeared on the soundtrack to 2009 Rom-Com smash Leap Year has been hailed as a priceless talent. A quirky, original singer-songwriter, inspired as much by Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell, as by Billie Holliday or Nina Simone. Her latest collection, All The Ghosts (on boutique British label Naim Edge) features ten terrific songs, which speak to you directly, without forethought for genre or category. In their melodic immediacy and observational characterization, you might hear the Lennon-McCartney of ‘Sgt Pepper', or the Ray Davies of ‘Lola', rather than any jazz stereotype.

Expect witty, captivating vignettes populated by a living, breathing cast of beaten-down dreamers, jaded city-dwellers, and women in a quandary. She appears here on piano and ukulele with support from regular guitar partner Al Cherry and double-bassist Sam Burgess.

Gwyneth Herbert All The Ghosts is released June 8th on Naim Edge.


"Herbert's most varied and engaging piece of personal storytelling yet…On the year-end hit list whatever its genre" The Guardian

"Sparky, imaginative writing. A series of twilight characters is unveiled in melodic, acoustic arrangements, full of shifting textures and moods…Her singing is classy throughout" Mojo

"Builds on the charming, lo-fi, folk-pop of her lauded 'Between Me And The Wardrobe' - plenty of memorable hooks and witty one-liners." Time Out

"If Hanns Eisler had been a woman and written with Ray Davies, he might have come up with something like this." Independent On Sunday

"a warm sultry take on acoustic folk and pop." The Daily Mail
"All The Ghosts is the assertion of a highly personal musical voice, with shifting metres, contrasting backgrounds, and lyrics that actually mean something." Jazzwise
"Beautiful, vaguely jazzy, keenly observed vignettes… super-talented" The Daily Telegraph
Full of shifting tempos and textures. Classic Bowie-like pop, belting blues and gorgeous jazz." The Times

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