"Gorgeous soft vocals." London Lite
"Thoughtful melodies and old-fashioned glamour." Bright Young Things
A collaboration with award-winning South African producer Paul Ressel and recorded with the support of The Arts Council, ROBBER BRIDE (which takes its name from the novel by Margaret Atwood) is a collection of interpretations of stories taken from movies, poetry and classical mythology. Retold as songs, the stories bear Julia Gray's musical influences of Kate Bush, Blossom Dearie, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits.
After training in both classical and contemporary singing and beginning her performing career at the Kashmir Klub, Julia Gray spent seven years as part of the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, playing a residency at Pizza on the Park and releasing three albums. She then returned to acoustic music; her first solo album, produced by Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner), was released in 2011 and described by Word Magazine as 'the sound of a potential realised." She has written for television and film, has performed at Bestival, the Tabernacle, Bush Hall and the Union Chapel among many other places, and performs regularly at the legendary Troubadour.
Julia will be joined on the night by bassist Mark Rose and percussionist Guillaume Charreau , and will be giving away free copies of the album to those in attendance.