Gwyneth Herbert brings charm to BoileroomBy Maria Virto
June 07, 2012
Don’t miss a gig by an artist who continues to redefine and defy expectations as Gwyneth Herbert headlines at the Boileroom, Guildford on Friday June 15.
Gwyneth is a singer-songwriter with one foot in the jazz world and another somewhere in the future. Her almost whimsical apearance masks a poet’s grasp of the world around her.
Her songwriting 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.
A selection of her many varied activities within the last few months includes winning two prestigious theatrical awards, reaching the top 10 out of 200 in the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, her cover of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart being used in a Hollywood rom com, appearing at Wilton’s Music Hall alongside Sian Phillips and Marc Almond, singing a series of 18th century murder ballads on Radio 4, and composing and performing a specially commissioned soundtrack to silent film The Patsy at the British ilm Institute.
While her experience displays a 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.
Perfect Fit is also at the heart of Herbert’s forthcoming release, Clangers & Mash, a mini-album that draws on the many sides of her musical world from stripped back ukulele strums through recent classics to dark-hearted remixes that present her work in a new light.
As Herbert herself puts it: “I wanted to do something a bit different to mark the release of our new single Perfect Fit, so I scrabbled around for a few backstage scrapings and asked a handful of my lovely and varied musician friends to present some Herbert tracks as they’d never been heard before. The result is Clangers and Mash: bleepy, tappy, pleasureful ear food to tickle your bellies. Tuck in!”
Gwyneth will be playing with guitarist Al Cherry and they will be supported by Rosanna Stevens. Doors open at 7.30pm and admittance is 18+. Tickets cost £8 and are available from www.theboileroom.net.