The Return of Bill Jones
Saturday 16 February 2019, 7pm
£10 advance, £15 on the door
The Gresham Centre, Gresham Street
This event took place on 16 February 2019
We’re back at the beautiful Gresham Centre in the Grade I listed church near St Paul’s. The show will be celebrating Bill Jones’ return to music and the release of her first album in 15 years, which will be out in April 2019. As a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, multi-instrumentalist and beautiful singer, this is going to be a show not to be missed.
Bill (Belinda) Jones is an English folk singer/songwriter, who started her career in 1999, winning a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (Horizon Award) in 2001. Three studio albums later (Turn to Me, Panchpuran, and Two Year Winter), countless festival appearances, and tours across the UK, USA, and Japan, Bill took a long break in 2004 to raise her family.
Back then a young singer, Bill received accolades from audiences across the folk and acoustic music scene. Live sessions on Radio 1’s Andy Kershaw Show, Radio 2’s Mike Harding Folk Show, and Radio 3’s In Tune programme followed, as well as an interview and live performance on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Bill’s beautiful voice and catchy tunes led to a stream of messages over the years asking Bill if she is coming back, and now it’s finally time.
Bill’s new album Wonderful Fairytale will be released in May 2019, with accompanying tour dates and summer festivals. The album was recorded in late 2018 at Ian Stephenson’s Simpson Street Studios. Bill is joined by Ian (double bass), JP Garde (violin/viola), Paul Stewart (guitar), Stephen Henderson (percussion), Miranda Sykes and Gareth Davies-Jones (harmony vocals). Wonderful Fairytale features both traditional songs, songs written by Bill, and songs by Bill and Anne Hills (USA).
Bill Jones is our generation’s Nic Jones or Shirley Collins - Chris Conder
Bill is as good as she ever was, if not better than ever, bringing a maturity to her performance after over a decade away from the gigging folk scene - Yael Bebb