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Siobhan Wilson at Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham

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New album showcased by singer-songwriter
Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson plays Birmingham's Kitchen Garden Cafe on September 21, 2017, as part of a UK tour that includes dates in Manchester, Leicester and Edinburgh.

Siobhan Wilson, There Are No Saints, Song By Toad, Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath Birmingham, Catholic Action
Multi-talented: Siobhan Wilson (pic: Gemma Dagger)


Brought up in Elgin, Morayshire, Siobhan discovered music at an early age, first studying classical piano and cello, and later playing in youth orchestras across Scotland. Her fascination with French culture and language prompted her to move to France shortly after finishing high school. Paris was the place where Siobhan first started developing her songwriting skills, going to open mic nights and immersing herself in French musical tradition.

Whilst in France she posted her tracks on MySpace, leading to her songs being discovered by a French label and sparking a crowdfunding campaign that enabled her to record and release her debut album Songs.

Siobhan Wilson, There Are No Saints, Song By Toad, Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath Birmingham, Catholic Action
Homeward bound: Siobhan Wilson (pic: Gemma Dagger)


Returning to Scotland, Siobhan released two EPs and a single and began work on an album with Chris McCrory from the band Catholic Action. The completed record, There Are No Saints, was picked up by Scottish label Song, By Toad and released in July this year.

"Generally, I make sure to listen to things through several times and properly think things over before offering to release a record, but on this one, I was about halfway through the first song and I knew we'd want to put it out," says label founder Matthew Young.

Siobhan Wilson, There Are No Saints, Song By Toad, Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath Birmingham, Catholic Action


The album is a collection of delicate songs dealing with heartache, art and religious faith. Most of the vocals on the album were completed in one take, with minimal arrangements highlighting the expressive vulnerability of the recordings.

As a tribute to Siobhan's love of Gallic culture, two of the tracks are in French. She says singing in French is something that comes naturally: ''It feels really relaxed and rolls off the tongue in a different way to English or other languages."

Siobhan Wilson, There Are No Saints, Song By Toad, Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath Birmingham, Catholic Action
Experimental: Siobhan Wilson (pic: Gemma Dagger)


Her classical music upbringing can also be glimpsed. There Are No Saints and It Must Have Been the Moon bear echoes of choral music, whereas the harpsichord-layered Dystopian Bach takes a diversion into more experimental territory.

The singer's favourite track is Disaster and Grace. "I tried to make the arrangement paint the words at certain points," she says. "It switches time metre a few times and I can hear myself almost crying in it."

Siobhan Wilson, There Are No Saints, Song By Toad, Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath Birmingham, Catholic Action
Birmingham venue: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath


Siobhan Wilson 2017 UK tour dates:

9th September: The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin;

11th September: The Castle, Manchester;

12th September - 81 Renshaw, Liverpool;

16th September: The Bothy, Glenbuchat;

17th September: The Basement, York;

18th September: Kenilworth Arts Festival;

19th September: The Musician, Leicester, (supporting Saul Rose & James Delarre);

20th September - Sands Films Studio, London;

21st September: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham;

22nd September: The Hall, Lancaster;

24th September: Voodoo Room, Edinburgh;

28th September: Tolbooth, Stirling.
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Why? Classically-trained singer showcases her new album
When: September 21, 2017
Phone: 0121 443 4725 (Kitchen Garden Cafe)
Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham (and touring)
Cost: 9 (advance); 10 (on door)
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