Thea Gilmore - Don't Stop Singing

Thea Gilmore - After ten lauded solo albums in a decade, U.K. songwriter was tapped for a thrilling but daunting task: compose, arrange and perform new music built around previously unscored lyrics from Sandy Denny, the seminal British songwriter who tragically died in 1978. A member of Fairport Convention, the greatest of all U.K. folk/rock outfits, Denny released four best-selling and groundbreaking solo albums in the 70's but may still be best known in the U.S. for her vocals with Robert Plant on "Battle of Nevermore" from Led Zeppelin IV // Release: Don't Stop Singing (November 8, Island UK) // Sounds like: We've described Gilmore as "an artisan songwriter, blessed with an unerring skill set for bittersweet songs of both melodic heft and lyrical edge",  qualities on full display here as she transforms her own songwriting and vocal style to incorporate not only Denny's own words but the feeling and atmosphere of uniquely British folk/pop music in the 70's...

Quote: "As I moved further away from my beginnings and as the world moved further away from 1978, Sandy began to assume the proportions of a reference point, a fountainhead even, for any girl who wanted to sing and write and who didn’t wish they’d been born American." - Thea Gilmore // What we like: Denny's straightforward yet personal poetry is both wistful and haunting, referencing her own troubles and demons with honesty: “I’m in such a terrible state, and my city’s just like me / I can’t afford to live in this place / And I can’t afford to leave," she confesses in the poignant, painful "Long Time Gone"...lead track "Glistening Bay" boasts gorgeous orchestration and melody of rare beauty, Gilmore's singing the perfect accompaniment to the windswept imagery...

Thea Gilmore - "Glistening Bay" (from Don't Stop Singing)

Above: The late, great Sandy Denny...