Track Listing: 1.
Calling (Gem Andrews) 2. Your Fathers Diary (Gem Andrews)
3. Dead Weight (Gem
Andrews) 4. Edges (Gem Andrews)
5. Mother Dear (Nicky
Rushton) 6. Heart Like A Wheel (Anna McGarrigle)
7. Crimson Tide (Gem
Andrews) 8. Please Forget Me (Gabriel Minnikin)
9. Ten Thousand More
(Nicky Rushton) 10.Vancouver (Gem Andrews)
Andrews (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals)
Nicky Rushton (Piano
& Vocals) Sarah Van Jellie (Bass & Vocals)
Sue McLaren (Vocals) Bernard
Wright (Fiddle) Gabriel Minnikin (Vocals)
(Guitars, Tambourine & Vocals)
Colin Mee (Vocals
& Hand Claps)
About Gem Andrews:
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gem Andrews was born in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, Merseyside in 1985. Her
earliest music influences were to be found in her own home; Mum was into
country and folk music whilst Dad preferred jazz.
years of age Gem started playing the guitar and listening to Sandy Denny.
in a musically rich and diverse city such as Liverpool
she had the opportunity to explore a wealth of music and lyrics during her
encounter in Manchester
with Emmylou Harris would both inspire and enhance her growing desire to write
songs and compose her own music. Gem recalls ‘I was accidentally caught up in a
security breach at the Bridgewater Hall and ended up being ushered into a room
with Emmylou Harris. We had to stay there for an hour whilst the area was
I used the
time to ask her for songwriting advice.’
to Newcastle upon Tyne to study contemporary music & composition and also
to hone her songwriting skills; she remained in Newcastle for the next eleven years.
from her time in Newcastle, Gem decided to move
to Vancouver to
pursue her music on the Canadian folk and roots circuit. Whilst in Vancouver she immersed
herself in the songwriter scene, and played all over the city at different
venues several times a week. It was during her time in the city that Gem
befriended The Be Good Tanyas’ songwriter and performer Sam Parton. This led to
Gem being invited to perform at Canada’s
NXNE showcase in Toronto
The time Gem
spent in Canada’s rich music
culture inspired her to return to the UK and write and record her debut
album ‘Scatter’ (2012). The album features musicians such as pedal steel player
Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg) and Nicky Rushton (And All Because the Lady Loves)
and gravel voiced Canadian troubadour Gabriel Minnikin (The Guthries).
writes alt-country music with an honesty and rawness that takes the
listener by surprise and cuts to the quick. Her new album ‘Vancouver’ is a dark
and melodious meditation on the forces pushing us from home and pulling us
With a new found
confidence and maturity and guided by legendary songwriter and guitarist Martin
Stephenson, Gem and her heartrending tones take us with her on many
journeys; across countries, continents and oceans, seamlessly blending the
shifting landscapes with the movements of her own heart.
Vancouver features a cover of Kate & Anna
McGarrigle's song Heart Like A Wheel
McGarrigle), which inspired Anna McGarrigle to send her approval saying ‘Gem’s
cover of our song is gorgeous, well done’.
Vancouver’s poignant lyrics are wrapped
in delicate harmonies and uplifted by a skilful and intuitive eight-piece
band. The album is deeply rooted in alt-country, with Gem’s fiercely
independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda
Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
this year, Gem moved to Berlin,
she plays regularly at songwriter nights and cafes across the city. She has toured Germany several times already, most
recently with Canadian musician and performance poet, Tanya Davis.
bohemian lifestyle of Berlin
makes pursuing music possible in this current economic climate. Gem Andrews is
constantly inspired by the expansive art and music scene in Berlin and the constant flow of new and old
artists collaborating and supporting each other within the community.