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Sarah Gillespie ‘The War On Trevor’

Singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie’s anti-war song The War on Trevor, is a 15-minute narrative piece based partly on Brahms’Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn. Set in London, The War on Trevor depicts the plights of an ordinary Londoner who suddenly finds himself accused of various wrong-doings, ranging from public indecency and infidelity to terrorism. We are never drawn into Trevor’s guilt or innocence. Instead we enter a sinister, Kafka-esque world in which guilt and innocence have become irrelevant. Gilad Atzmon -accordion sax and clarinet Ben Bastin – bass & cello, Enzo Zirilli drums, Sarah Gillespie guitar & vocals. Produced by Gilad Atzmon.

Sarah Gillespie & Band begin the War on Trevor tour this week at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club.

Video by Tali Atzmon.

6 Responses to Sarah Gillespie ‘The War On Trevor’

  1. who_me April 3, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    greenstainers don’t like music, who’d have thunk it. 🙂

  2. Loren Franklin April 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Wow, this woman is really wonderful. I have been putting off listening to this set because of the length, but decided that I had to donate a few minutes to checking out her groove. And after I did, I actually listened to it again — twice. She’s got some serious pipes; her voice is rich and full of character, which works to set her apart as a unique artist. And her lyrics are to die for: songwriting in her genre doesn’t get any better. Talented singer songwriters like this are rare; I was instantly reminded of Ricky Lee Jones, then I forgot about Ricky Lee Jones, because Sarah is simply to original to be reminiscent of anyone.

    The production is also very good; there were some wonderful decisions made in the studio for these cuts. Sarah stands-out in the production — as she should — and there is a very solid balance that lets her talent shine through. It’s always rewarding to hear an artists work hit the studio master, and be focused on the true talent of the artist. She’s not buried behind a wall of worn-out studio cliches: this is inspired work, and everyone involved pulled it together to create an impressive project.

  3. Jonathon Blakeley April 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Sarah is one of those Artists and musicians that are very hard to classify, surreal, witty & original.

    My fave is the Chakrabatti blues & the left wing Twitterati… I know just what she means I have read those tweets.

  4. Somoe April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Absolutely brilliant! A thoroughly excellent performance – and like all of Sarah’s music wonderfully compulsive. One is compelled to listen again and again, I totally love it. She, along with the rest of the band are a delight to the senses. This is an especially excellent creation and runs the gamut of emotions, from humour at the ridiculous aspects through to sadness at the way rights are abused in the name of ‘security’. A pretty moving piece all round. Brilliant video!

  5. Laura Stuart April 5, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Brilliant! (I like the fourth set best.)

  6. searching April 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Great video , great singer and musicians.
    Sarah has a very unusual, wide-range, strong ,vibrant, captivating voice.
    I love also the subtle humor in the video.
    And Gilad is just superb, what can I say:)
    He does play the accordion (and sax) very well.
    I love the accordion. One of my favourite instruments.
    I don’t know why, but the video reminded me of a funny French singer and performer, known as Anais.