Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gigs: Jesca Hoop and Jonatha Brooke

Tonight Jesca Hoop (above) is playing at the Deaf Institute. A few months back I heard a track from her recently released second album on the possibly endangered 6Music (BBC: so, so wrong) and loved it enough to get her amazing first album, Kismet. It's hard to describe her songs - quirky, funky, folky but very personal, and she's got a killer voice. Turns out she moved from California to Manchester last year at the urging of her friends in Elbow. Yay! I'll be looking for other chances to catch her playing her hometown.

Another amazing folksinging lady and one with a voice that's equally unique: Jonatha Brooke is coming to Band on the Wall on Feb 20. Her old band, The Story, released a couple of great albums back in the early nineties and disappeared, but Jonatha's been doing some quality solo stuff since then. Should be a good gig.


Boris said...

What a great Manchester blog, I really like it!! Makes me still feel part of this city, although I don't live there anymore.
Check out some Manchester photography if you want:

Troy Babylon said...

Yep went to the Jesca Hoop gig last week, she was incredible. Really was a great night. She needs all the plugging she can get! It is hard to describe her songs but I've had a crack in my review:

Will have to check out Johnatha Brooke, never heard of her.