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"Sarah Jane Morris has topped the international charts, played Brecht, won the San Remo Song Festival, sold out five seasons at Ronnie Scott’s, sung contemporary opera, been followed by fanatical Italian schoolgirls (she’s huge in Italy), been murdered twice on television, and had songs written for her by Paul Weller -– creative achievements that go on and on." Ian Shaw, for Singer Magazine, August 2001
On September 15th 2014, Sarah Jane released her new album, Bloody Rain. Dedicated to the people of Africa, and the music of that continent that has inspired so many artists for so long, Bloody Rain was launched at the Union Chapel in London on September 18th.
Click on the album cover to play a clip from the title track
Listen to more audio clips, and buy the album here
Catch Sarah Jane performing with friends at venues in the UK and Italy; US dates will follow, hopefully. Watch this space...
You can buy tickets from Sarah Jane's website
Tour dates, so far...
1st November, The Lighthouse, Poole, UK
November 15th, The Hippodrome, London, UK
November 23rd, The Komedia, Brighton, UK
1st - 5th December: With Ian Shaw, giving very special masterclasses in Cento, ITALY
6th December: With Ian Shaw, performing at the Teatro Fabriano, Pescara, ITALY
7th December, with Tony Remy performing at Jesi, ITALY. Venue TBC
12th December, with Tim Cansfield, Tony Remy and Henry Thomas, Fleece Jazz, Stoke by Nayland Club, UK
13th December, Bristol, Rai TV Telethon, Rome, ITALY
14th December, The 606 Club, London, UK
9th January, Southern Pavilion, Worthing, UK
15th January, Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
16th January, Fibbers, York, UK
17th January, Zanzibar, Liverpool, UK
22nd - 24th January, with the Fallen Angel Band, Ronnie Scotts, London, UK
30th January, with Tony Remy and Tim Cansfield, Farncombe Music Club @
St John's Church, Farncombe, Godalming, UK
8th March, with Antonio Forcione at Massa Lombarda, near Ravenna, ITALY
4th April, Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, UK
4th May, with Antonio Forcione, The Komedia, Brighton, UK
2nd June, with Antonio Forcione, Southern Pavilion, Worthing, UK
27th June, with Antonio Forcione, Astor Theatre, Deal, UK
Sarah Jane Morris, Union Chapel, London
Reviewed by Peter Quinn, 19 September 2014, for theartsdesk.com
Singular vocalist launches her most complete, most memorable statement to date:
Recorded in the UK, Johannesburg, Paris and Tel Aviv, Sarah Jane Morris's latest album, Bloody Rain, is undoubtedly a labour of love. Hearing it performed live last night in the Union Chapel, in front of an adoring audience, confirmed that it is also her masterpiece.
Devoted to the people of Africa and the music of that continent – with melodic, rhythmic and lyrical influences permeating the music-making – the album's themes ranged from homophobia (David Kato) and corruption (Bloody Rain) to honour killings (the heartbreaking No Beyonce) and child soldiers (Comfort They Have None). But also love, notably the stripped down soul of On My Way To You, ... read more
Watch this film about the making of Sarah Jane Morris' new album Bloody Rain, with interviews and tracks from the album. Featuring - Sarah Jane Morris, Tony Remy, Henry Thomas, Martyn Barker, Adriano Adewale, Annie Whitehead, John Eacott, Dominic Miller, Keziah Jones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Pee Wee Ellis, Mornington Locket and Sekou Keita amongst others.
of Sarah Jane by Mike Reddish, 1984
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Bronski Beat/Communards Central
never forgetting Don't Leave Me This Way
Jane interviewed for the Stereo Society, June 2000
with streaming audio of her answers to Mike Thorne's questions, and streaming audio and music to set the scene. Diversions include barbed wire scrapes and broken bones on a Greek island. And the loss of the San Remo trophy to Grace Jones.....
March 11, 2000
By Raqiyah Mays
Sarah Jane Morris U.S. debut, "Fallen Angel," marks her return to the music world after a 10-year absence. "I feel like everything I've done to date has been a great journey to get to a start of my career. I think I'm just coming into my time," says England-native Morris....
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