Gem Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’ is an intimate and stirring collection of songs which tackles themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. In this dark country album, Andrews opens up the murkiest corners of her mind, and tells stories which are in turn despairing, hopeful and furious.
Running through every song is Gem’s spiritual home; the North East of England, sometimes as subject and sometimes as backdrop. The album is infused with the warmth and energy of the region, and pays tribute to local legends, including the late, great poet Julia Darling.
Gem’s songs capture the rage of the North, railing against a political class that have destroyed the livelihood and pride of the people and left them to waste.
Born on the outskirts of Liverpool, Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick.
Andrews’ music is deeply rooted in alt-country, which she uses to tell emotionally rich working class stories. Her fierce and independent voice carries inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
- Letter (Gem Andrews)
- Sing Your Song (Gem Andrews)
- Lungs (Gem Andrews)
- Bare (Gem Andrews)
- Feather & Skin (Gem Andrews)
- Two Lighthouses (Julia Darling & Tim Dalling ©)
- Two By Two (Gem Andrews)
- Straight Lines (Julia Darling/Dave Scott/Zoe Lambert ©)
- Medicate (Gem Andrews)
- Carole (Gem Andrews)
- Come A Long Way (Kate McGarrigle ©)
Artist: Gem Andrews Title: North File: Alt/Country/Folk Label: Market Square
Cat: MSMCD200 UPC: 5065001032615 Release Feb 16th 2018
Gem Andrews – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Nicky Rushton – Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Sarah Van Jellie – Double Bass, Harmony Vocals
Bernard Wright – Violin, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Susanne Lambert – Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals