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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
Listen to Sarah Jane's January 2015 interview with the UK's BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour here
Sarah Jane talks about song-writing, Bloody Rain, the Communards and difficult subjects. Plus an acoustic performance of No Beyonce accompanied by Tony Remy and Tim Cansfield.
Sarah Jane Morris headlines at One Billion Rising
On February 14th 2015, at London's Marble Arch, Sarah Jane headlined a global jamboree of speakers, singers, dancers and drummers in an expression of solidarity with the movement to tackle violence and the oppression of women, workers and children worldwide.
...and at Ebola benefit gig
On January 31st 2015, Hastings and St Leonards partied the night away to live performances and music as The Clean Water, Safe Children benefit gig raised funds for the Ebola Disaster Emergency Committee, Malaria No More and Water Aid. Sarah Jane, who lived in Hastings for many years, was joined by a host of local artists.
Read the article in the Hastings Observer
Read a new interview with Sarah Jane, by Erica Smith for the Hastings Online Times
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...
4th April, Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, UK
4th May, with Antonio Forcione, The Komedia, Brighton, UK
7th May, performing Soup Songs (the music of Robert Wyatt) at the Ravenna Jazz Festival, Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna, ITALY
9th May, Hull, UK (venue TBC)
22nd May, Porgy & Bess Jazz Club, A-1010 Wien, AUSTRIA
23rd May, InnTone Jazz Festivalin, 4776 Diersbach, AUSTRIA
6th June, private concert, Canterbury, UK
11th June, Mestre, ITALY
27th June, with Antonio Forcione, The Astor Theatre, Deal, UK
3rd July, Fleece Jazz, Boxford, Sudbury, UK
17th July, Hippodrome, London, UK - a special Summer concert with Tony Remy, Tim Cansfield, Martyn Barker, Henry Thomas, Adriano Adewale, Otis Coulter and Lilybud Dearsley
25th July, with the Fallen Angel Band, Torri del Benaco, ITALY
1st August, with Nick the Nightfly, Alghero, ITALY
2nd August, with Elisabetta, Sapri, ITALY
13th - 15th August, presenting Bloody Rain at the Edinburgh Festival, SCOTLAND - at The Ballroom @ The Assembly Room, with special lunchtime concerts from 1.45pm - 3pm.
5th September, performing Soup Songs (the music of Robert Wyatt) with Annie Whitehead, The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, UK
17th September, Baia Delle Zagare, Puglia, ITALY
24th September, The Jazz Mix, Southend on Sea, UK
25th September, Southern Pavilion, Worthing, UK
15th November, The Sarah Thorne Theatre, St Peter's Road, Broadstairs, UK
4th December, Christmas Special with Ian Shaw, Fleece Jazz, Boxford, Sudbury 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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