Thea Gilmore

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Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Sunday 11th Jun 2017 7:30pm
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Furiously individual singer/songwriter and Brit Award 2001 nominee. 'Britain has spawned very few world class female songwriters, but Gilmore is already in a league of her own' (Q Magazine). She has received acclaim and admiration from her peers such as Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Martha Wainwright.

Thea Gilmore is an English singer-songwriter. She began her career working in a recording studio, where she was discovered by her now long-time collaborator, producer and sometime co-songwriter Nigel Stonier.

It’s been 13 years and eight albums since Avalanche, Thea's fifth release and the album often described as her breakthrough record. The then 23-year-old was writing, post 9-11 with a fire inside her stoked by global anxiety and an increasingly vacuous celebrity culture. Now, calling upon the spirit of this predecessor, Thea is back with the album she feels takes up where it left off. Although never entirely losing her voice of protest, on subsequent records Thea turned inward, singing songs about the depression she had been diagnosed with, love songs and songs informed by parenthood.
Now, however, she is back with The Counterweight, an album full of passion and disdain, an album that often muses on the rapid change in the social and political landscape that 2016 engendered. When finishing "The Counterweight" in September, Thea was impelled to look back at the recording period through spring and summer, the tumultuous times that were its backdrop. She reflected onsinging ‘Reconcile’ as Britain voted to leave the EU, and recording ‘Johnny Gets A Gun’ three days after the Orlando shooting. That June day was also, most harrowingly of all, the day when the world watched the tragedy of Jo Cox's murder unfold: at the eleventh hour this became the inspiration for the final track ‘The War’, with the first and last verses written about Jo specifically. The track is also possibly the mission statement of the album, a call-to-arms on the negativity and bleakness of the 2017 social terrain mesmerized by fake news and futility. The Counterweight tries to be exactly that. A redressing of the balance, a tool of pressure, an exertion of opposite force and as such, a flag of hope.

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