Jesca Hoop Tonight we take a trip to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham to see songstress Jesca Hoop supported by Lucas Oswald.


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Jesca Hoop I came late to the Hoop train, as mentioned in my earlier review of her tour with Sam Beam (of Iron and Wine fame). It’s no secret that I obsess over female singer songwriters - specifically those whose songs elicit feelings of sorrow and loss. Hoop’s earlier work varies in sound to my ears - unbeknownst to me, I’d heard ‘Born To’ many many times on BBC 6Music, without registering who she was, with it washing over me. But that song is heavily produced, with full band. And my preference is Hoop on her own with a guitar, stripped back and intimate.


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Jesca Hoop and Sam Beam FORTUNATELY I was not disappointed by Beam & Hoop. I’d heard one track of theirs shared by a friend who loved both their solo careers, and I instantly bought the album. I’ve since listened to it incessantly, and LOVE their harmonies, but was largely unfamiliar with them as individuals or as solo artists. Part of me worried there would be an aloof hipster-esque snobbery to them and their performance – standoffish. Nothing could be further from the truth!


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I am Kloot They’ve have been around since 1999, were championed by John Peel and their ‘Sky at Night’ album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2010. However, I must confess to having been pretty unaware of I Am Kloot until recently. Like Jarvis Cocker and Pulp in the 1990s, real success has taken a long time to catch up with I Am Kloot, but at last it seems to be arriving.


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Jesca Hoop American singer songwriter Jesca Hoop now has several albums and EPs behind her and is deservedly becoming better known, including getting frequent plays on the more discerning UK radio music programmes. She has been endorsed by, among others, Tom Waits and Guy Garvey of Elbow. She also has a very interesting background, including a musical Mormon family upbringing, living out in the wilderness and (a much-quoted fact) apparently serving as a childminder to Tom Waits. She has also been a resident of Manchester for the last few years.


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