Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness that cuts to the quick. Andrews’ superb songs are backed by lush harmonies, sweet fiddle, piano and accordion, and supported by a double bass and drums rhythm section. Deeply rooted in contemporary alt-country, her sound makes respectful nods to the giants of roots and country music, Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, all the while maintaining her own fiercely independent spirit.
In Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’, to be released in January 2018, she employs a noir-country stye to tackle heavyweight themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. Running through every song is the North East of England- as subect, backdrop and through tribute to local legends, including adaptations of poems by the late, great local poet and playwright Julia Darling. ‘North’ captures the energy and warmth of the people of the region, and the rage felt at a political class who have left them to waste.
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