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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 4 February 2012
Where: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

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We’re delighted to present an intimate show for Jesca Hoop, one of Manchester’s most talented artists, at the city’s cultural hub, Cornerhouse.

Californian-born, Manchester-dwelling Jesca Hoop returns for a series of live shows in the new year. The past year has seen BBC 6Music favourite Jesca support Eels on their summer run, duet and tour with Peter Gabriel, and do the rounds of the European festival circuit, as well as recording and releasing her stripped-down Snowglobe EP to much acclaim. She is now busy in Zeitgeist Studio in Los Angeles, putting the finishing touches to her next full-length studio album, as yet untitled, which will come to light in 2012.

Jesca’s adventurous songwriting and idiosyncratic vocals have earned favorable comparisons to such cutting-edge forbears as Björk, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. ‘Those women inspired a generation, and I’m of that generation,’ Hoop acknowledges. ‘I’m trying to get to what’s innately mine. My heroes set this example for me. My only aim is to be just like myself.’

With a back-story as varied and colourful as Hoop’s, she certainly faces no shortage of material to draw from in that quest. Indeed, Jesca’s songs are a series of indelible tales from a life less ordinary.

‘Hunting My Dress confirms her as one of alternative folk-pop’s most arresting recent arrivals, singing like an outcast angel and writing like a restless explorer’ – The Sunday Times

A sensual, eccentric and often frankly odd-sounding record, Hunting My Dress exudes oodles of charisma and originality, thanks mostly to Hoop’s delightfully freaky take on traditional folk convention’ – BBC Music

‘There’s a thin line between genuine eccentricity and precious affectation of weirdness, but Jesca Hoop walks it well’ – The Guardian

‘Jesca Hoop’s music is like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night’ –  Tom Waits

Support comes from Stefan Melbourne. With a whispering intensity for lyricism bound to simple yet robust musicality, Stefan is already becoming a well-known name in the Manchester music scene. Drawing on the emotionally expressive sounds of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley, he is no stranger to urban poetry and lyrics of raw emotion, and has caught the limelight through his composite style that aligns itself with both indie-folk and country blues. Tapping into a mature repertoire of seminal American folk musicians such as Lead Belly, Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Johnson, his interesting blend of contemporary lyrics alongside a classic folk, almost bluegrass approach, sees Melbourne’s efforts fall comfortably on the ears of Bon Iver fans and Ray Lamontagne followers alike.

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