I grew up loving stories and music. I loved to listen to the radio and to records and heard everything from Louis Armstrong to The Goon Show. I also loved to read and devoured books like a crazy girl.
My sister and I had a book of English Traditional Songs. She would play the piano part and I would sing along. It was an endless competition to see who could get to the end first. Pure artistry?
These days, I call myself a singer, performer and song writer. I sing jazz; blues; my own songs; comedy; contemporary songs and all kinds of other things too.
Singing and music is a wild adventure, so it helps to have a piano powered rocket ship to get about.
So hop on board and join me.
I have three favourite projects on the go these days. All of these are perform anywhere (just about) shows.
* The Swamp and The Sail - a original musical show- The story of Second Born, a woman living in a world of tenderness, decay and magical realism. A mixture of storytelling and music making; Stories inside stories; Stories inside songs;
* Event Music - This is my repertoire of jazz and blues standards;
well known favourites; some eccentric songs thrown in.
* Wild Ruby - Sephardic Songs - a duo of myself and Andrew Kay. Voice, viola da gamba, flute, guitar, dumbek. More information on www.wildruby.co.uk
Some days you might find me singing in a theatre; a bookshop; out in the street; in some other building or at a market. Come and say hello!
Where Did The Idea For PianoRocketship come from ?
I once had a dream in which I owned a flat, paper thin piano. As I played the keys and sang, we zoomed around the universe. The music powered the flight. I rolled the piano up and put it into my pocket when I wasn't performing.
Piano Rocketship was born!