Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Gwyneth Herbert delightful songstress.

Posted in Gwyneth Herbert chanteuse by sheelanagigcomedienne on March 13, 2013

I conducted a wedding in the London Wetlands Centre recently  and met a wonderful singer called Gwyneth Herbert who sang. Had a great chat. Gwyneth Herbert | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

Gwyneth herbert

Gwyneth Herbert is an artist who continues to redefine (and defy) our expectations. A singer-songwriter with one foot in the jazz world and one somewhere in the future, with pierrot-dotted eyes, polka-spotted shoes and swanny whistle in hand she may appear as whimsical as a Bonzo Dog, but writes beautiful melodies and has a poet’s grasp of the world around her. Her song-writing has been compared to Lennon and McCartney, Ray Davies and Janis Ian, while musically her influences range from the junk yard clunk of Tom Waits to the Brechtian punk of the Dresden Dolls and from the minimalism of Steve Reich’ to the banging drum ‘n’ bass of Hackney’s pirate stations.

 

Gwyneth Herbert: Blogs

She is trying to raise funds for her next project

Hello sailors

Welcome aboard me hearties! I’m Gwyn: Skipper / singer / songwriter / musician and composer.Gwyneth herbert 1

Over the last couple of years I’ve been working on my most ambitious venture yet – making a rich and delicious genre-defying album of sea-set story-songs. On it are myths and legends and folktales and lovesongs telling of the victory of a Fishguard cobbler’s wife, a jaded seaside hotel, a sunken chapel, the shifting sands of wartime Alderney, the dangerous allure of the King’s shilling, the loves and the losses and the stars and the whores and the drink and the drowning and the drip, drip, drip…

In just the last few months Herbert has won two prestigious theatrical awards, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York (where her show was in the top ten out of over two hundred), seen her cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ used in a Hollywood ‘rom com’, appeared at Wilton’s Music Hall alongside Sian Phillips and Marc Almond, written a song-cycle about the sea to debut in Aldeburgh this autumn, sung a series of 18th Century murder ballads on Radio 4, and composed and performed a specially commissioned soundtrack to silent film The Patsy at the BFI. But while this breathtaking range of activities reveals Herbert to be very much a 21st century artist able to draw on a formidable range of talents, she remains at the very heart of it all a storyteller with a fine ear for a catchy hook, as her latest single, the charming Perfect Fit amply demonstrates. Gwyneth Herbert – Bittersweet and blue – YouTube

Gwyneth album cover         Check her out she has an exquisite voice and an elfin, but fesisty, demeanour and is a delight to see and hear.

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