Friday 16th January
Sarah Jane Morris
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Communards hit-maker, jazz crooner, Brechtian big band crooner – and an octave-leaping voice brimming with drama and passion
‘There’s no hiding place at a SARAH JANE MORRIS gig – either from her opulent, multi-octave voice and raw emotional clout recalling Nina Simone and Janis Joplin, or from lyrics that explore love and pain, sex crimes, war crimes, Catholicism and contraception – and a whole uncompromising bunch more.’ – THE GUARDIAN
Sarah-Jane Morris is the British soul, jazz and r&b singer who topped the UK pop charts with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way and then eloquently and joyously sidestepped the mainstream ever after. Her magnificent soul voice and emotional power would have brought multiple Grammy awards and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive.
‘Morris does not interpret soul. She is soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.’ – THE TIMES
But for over 25 years of a unique career, Morris has steered by her own star, not the music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted audience, inspired by her belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds.
Sarah Jane Morris’s latest album “Bloody Rain” is dedicated the music and people of Africa, and features such diverse performers as Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Adam Glasser and Seckou Keita. A wonderful and ambitious collection of love-songs, tributes, warnings and protests, and album of her life!