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April 13, 2010 by  

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Jude Cowan free gigs

Poet-musician Jude Cowan releases her debut solo album ‘Doodlebug Alley’ recorded by Brian O’Shaughnessy at Bark Studios, Walthamstow. Jude also plays the following free gigs in London –

2nd May 2010
Cross Kings
126 York Way, London, N1 0AX
tel: 0207 278 83 18 / Doors: 8pm / Cost : Free

18th May 2010
The Perseverance
11 Shroton Street, Marylebone, London, NW1 6UG
tel. 07885 600 165 Doors: 7.30pm / Cost : Free

Born in Manchester, Jude began writing songs as a child, following in the musical footsteps of her grandfather, a cellist in Sir John Barbirolli’s Hallé Orchestra. She grew up by the West Pennine Moors and was educated in Oxford and London. She lives in South East London and works as a media archivist.

Her songs draw on history and literature as well as contemporary life. Influenced by folk and cabaret, both English and European, critics have compared her with Jacques Brel and Jake Thackray. Like these two radical writers she uses melodrama and humour to produce dramatic art rather than comedy.

Backed by her concert ukulele, title track Doodlebug Alley tells of love and lust in Blitz-era London. Jolly Roger takes an Angela Carter inspired look at unwanted pregnancy and is delivered with the surreal wit of Vivian Stanshall or Neil Innes. She Sits at the Window feels like a long-lost extract from a nineteenth century play. Remember Sinners, its Latin refrain ringing with mediaeval melancholy, summons up the impudent spirit of fourteenth-century poet Francois Villon.

Very much a solo, stripped-down production, the album features guest appearances from Artrocker editor Tom Fawcett (vocals on Remember Sinners) and Steve Cox from Fraff (Hammond organ on The Devil Can Take Me, Navajo Joe and Naughty Daddy). Jude’s expressive vocals at times display a range and experimental character reminiscent of Kate Bush or Laura Nyro.

Her talent previously attracted the attention of Ray Davies who invited her to demo in Konk studios. Songs recorded there formed the basis of a band album To America.

Jude’s first collection of poetry will be published in October 2010.



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