"An astonishingly mature and accomplished début. Intelligent, poetic songs and wonderfully colourful arrangements"
"Sarah Gillespie is one of the most interesting song based performers around at the moment and well worth seeking out. "
"The singer/songwriter/guitarist and her highly skilled colleagues got Black Mountain Jazz's 2011 programme off to a terrific start. "
"A thought provoking piece of work that will help to keep Sarah Gillespie in the public eye. Intelligent and confrontational she's one of the most interesting female artists around in any genre."
Sarah Gillespie Quartet feat. Gilad Atzmon at Black Mountain Jazz, Kings Arms, Abergavenny, 27/05/12
"The best Sarah Gillespie show I've yet seen, with the emphasis more firmly upon the singer.This was her most convincing and assured performance to date. "
"“Glory Days” reveals Gillespie's song writing to be as sharp and astute as ever and her poetic muse undimmed."
"The quality of her song writing remains high, the songs again combining the personal with the political in intelligent, poetic and evocative fashion. An excellent addition to the Gillespie canon."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann enjoys the final day of the Festival and performances by Flying Machines, the Monty Alexander Trio and Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band conducted by Bob Mintzer.
Ian Mann on a diverse day of musical performances including those of Ranjana Ghatak, Hilde Marie Holsen, Ivo Neame / Pete Wareham Duo, Trish Clowes' My Iris and the Avishai Cohen Trio.