Sunday 15 October 2023, 7.30pm
Bridget St. John is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who credits John Martyn and Michael Chapman as her "musical brothers" and mentors. She toured regularly on the British college and festival circuit along with other folk and pop luminaries of the time, such as Nick Drake and David Bowie, among others. In 1974, she was voted fifth most popular female singer in that year's Melody Maker readers’ poll.
Following three classic albums on John Peel’s Dandelion label in the late 1960s/early 1970s – Ask Me No Questions, Songs for the Gentle Man, and Thank You for... – Bridget found herself seeking new outlets and a new path when that label ceased operations in 1972. The album Jumblequeen followed on Chrysalis, and, after finding herself drawn towards New York City,
Bridget relocated there in 1976 and began to move within the city’s underground folk music and singer-songwriter circuit.
What followed was a wealth of new material that fed her trademark sound into the melting pot of New York’s musical landscape, pulling in different influences and sounds, different musicians, and different approaches to songs. The rediscovery of Bridget’s tape archive has unearthed numerous recordings captured during that very fertile period in her career for the recent Cherry Red box set, From There / To Here, including Jumblequeen, 1995’s Take The 5ifth, and 17 previously unheard tracks, presented alongside her own contextual sleeve notes.
Bridget continues to write, record, and explore collaborations with various contemporary artists including Steve Gunn, Arandel, and David Nagler, and she is the inspiration behind Scottish singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk’s 2023 song “Bridget St. John.”
Championed by John Renbourn and Odetta at the beginning of her career and subsequently supported by both Jane Weaver and Andy Votel who released her first two records (Minor White and Relic) critically acclaimed songwriter/guitarist Emma Tricca's unique style has often been compared to a cross between the 60's Greenwich Village artists, Nico and Patti Smith.
In her latest work, Aspirin Sun - her first for the label Bella Union, Emma teamed up once again with Jason Victor (The Dream Syndicate) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) forming a band that echoes 70’s folk-rock with a certain psychedelic allure yet again with a completely distinctive sound.
She toured extensively with the likes of Jane Weaver, Nick Mason (Saucerful of Secrets band), and Robyn Hitchcock, to mention a few.