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Gem Andrews 'Calling'

Taken from the album 'Vancouver' released on Market Square Records and distributed by Proper Music Distribution. Catalogue Number MSMCD169 The album Vancouver was produced by Martin Stephenson. About Gem Andrews: Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gem Andrews was born in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, Merseyside in 1985. Her earliest music influences were to be found in her own home; Mum was into country and folk music whilst Dad preferred jazz. At six years of age Gem started playing the guitar and listening to Sandy Denny. Growing up in a musically rich and diverse city such as Liverpool she had the opportunity to explore a wealth of music and lyrics during her formative years. At fifteen she started performing Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt songs at ‘open mic’ nights across the city, appearing at venues such as The Unity Theatre, Pogue Mahone’s and the Cavern Club. While studying at Liverpool Community College Gem regularly attended poetry slams at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre and eventually at the tender age of seventeen started writing songs and playing her own music. A chance encounter in Manchester with Emmylou Harris would both inspire and enhance her growing desire to write songs and compose her own music. Gem recalls ‘I was accidentally caught up in a security breach at the Bridgewater Hall and ended up being ushered into a room with Emmylou Harris. We had to stay there for an hour whilst the area was secured. I used the time to ask her for songwriting advice.’ Gem moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to study contemporary music & composition and also to hone her songwriting skills; she remained in Newcastle for the next eleven years. Following on from her time in Newcastle, Gem decided to move to Vancouver to pursue her music on the Canadian folk and roots circuit. Whilst in Vancouver she immersed herself in the songwriter scene, and played all over the city at different venues several times a week. It was during her time in the city that Gem befriended The Be Good Tanyas’ songwriter and performer Sam Parton. This led to Gem being invited to perform at Canada’s NXNE showcase in Toronto in 2014. The time Gem spent in Canada’s rich music culture inspired her to return to the UK and write and record her debut album ‘Scatter’ (2012). The album features musicians such as pedal steel player Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg) and Nicky Rushton (And All Because the Lady Loves) and gravel voiced Canadian troubadour Gabriel Minnikin (The Guthries). Gem Andrews writes alt-country music with an honesty and rawness that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick. Her new album ‘Vancouver’ is a dark and melodious meditation on the forces pushing us from home and pulling us back. With a new found confidence and maturity and guided by legendary songwriter and guitarist Martin Stephenson, Gem and her heartrending tones take us with her on many journeys; across countries, continents and oceans, seamlessly blending the shifting landscapes with the movements of her own heart. Vancouver features a cover of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's song Heart Like A Wheel (Anna McGarrigle), which inspired Anna McGarrigle to send her approval saying ‘Gem’s cover of our song is gorgeous, well done’. Vancouver’s poignant lyrics are wrapped in delicate harmonies and uplifted by a skilful and intuitive eight-piece band. The album is deeply rooted in alt-country, with Gem’s fiercely independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Earlier this year, Gem moved to Berlin, Germany where she plays regularly at songwriter nights and cafes across the city. She has toured Germany several times already, most recently with Canadian musician and performance poet, Tanya Davis. Discography: Vancouver (2015) Scatter (2012) Gem Andrews: Tour Dates - February 2017 Gem Andrews with Band Danny Kyle's Open Stage @ Celtic Connections Fri 3. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 3NY Tel: 0141 353 8000 Free Event -- Starts 5:00 p.m. Gem Andrews with Band + Lucas & King Thurs 9. Green Note 106 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN Tel: 020 7485 9899 Tickets £8.50 -- Doors 7:30 p.m. Gem Andrews: Tour Dates - March 2017 Gem Andrews with Band Wed 15. Helsinki Klub Geroldstrasse 35, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland Gem Andrews with Band plus Lianne Hall Thur 16. Kulturschuppen Aeussere Bahnhofstrasse 3, 7250 Klosters, Switzerland Tel: +41 81 422 51 60 Ticket 25.00 CHF -- Doors 8:00 p.m. Gem Andrews with Band Fri 17. Cafe Kairo Dammweg 43, 3013 Bern, Switzerland Tel: +41 31 330 26 25 -- Doors 7:30 p.m. Gem Andrews with Band / Lianne Hall / Gus MacGregor / Son Mieux Sat 18. Le Singe Untergasse 21, CH-2502 Biel/Bienne, Switzerland Tel: +41 32 322 48 22 Tickets 30.00 CHF -- Doors 8:00 p.m. Gem Andrews with Band Sun 19. Kreuzkultur Kreuzgasse 4, 4500 Solothurn, Switzerland Tel: +41 32 622 24 19
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