‘Pop-noir’ maverick GEMMA RAY plays a handful of UK headline dates this September, in support of her highly acclaimed album “Island Fire”
Sep 8th: Stockton, Georgian Theatre ( Tickets )
Sep 9th: Glasgow, ABC2 (No Mean City Festival) ( Tickets )
Sep 10th: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach ( Tickets )
Sep 12th: London, Borderline ( Tickets )
support in Cardiff and London comes from GULP, the fantastic new group of Guto Pryce of Super Furry Animals. Check ’em out HERE!
For a taste of what to expect, check out Gemma and co. performing two tracks from Island Fire, in the basement of the Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club: Flood and a Fire & Trou de Loup. And click HERE to watch the video for the sci-fi waltz “Rescue Me”, as seen on Top of the Pops.
These are Gemma’s first UK shows for a while, having spent the summer since its release touring with Marianne Faithfull, Ane Brun, and Kitty Daisy & Lewis, as well as teaming up with the 64-piece Filmorchester Babelsberg for special shows in Berlin. (Gemma had already teamed up with Sparks for the bonus tracks on Island Fire). The album has wowed critics worldwide, but no sooner had she finished Island Fire , she went and recorded Down Baby Down, to be released in November on Bronze Rat Records. Inspired by the likes of John Barry, Krzystof Komeda, Ennio Morricone and Jack Nietzsche, this is an album of ‘fantasy soundtracks’ and features drummer Thomas Wydler (of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). So watch out for that!
“Thoroughly enjoyable and admirably eclectic” – SUNDAY TIMES ****
“Packed with thoughtful adventure and mischief. A true gem” – MOJO ***
“Stylistically grand and wilfully eccentric” – WORD **** …
“Ray braids reverberating pop-noir and moody twang with a sharp melodic edge and cutting wit.” – INDEPENDENT ****
“This national treasure’s songs offer bouquets of bespoke thrills and spills of the sort that make Lana del Rey seem like a very poor relation” – THE MIRROR ****