Presented by Hey Manchester.
Jesca Hoop was born in Southern California to strict Mormon parents. She grew up singing traditional folk tunes in four-part harmony, but soon broke away from this background, becoming a homesteader and working with children. As a nanny for Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan’s three children, Hoop gained both musical experience and notoriety; Waits said of Jesca, ‘Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night’. Following exposure through radio station KCRW, Jesca toured with Polyphonic Spree, Mark Knopfler, Andrew Bird and Elbow – with Guy Garvey also dueting with Hoop on her latest acclaimed album Hunting My Dress.
Support tonight from special guest Jo Dudderidge (Travelling Band)
‘One of alternative folk-pop’s most arresting recent arrivals, singing like an outcast angel and writing like a restless explorer’ The Sunday Times
‘There’s a thin line between genuine eccentricity and precious affectation of weirdness, but Jesca Hoop walks it well’ The Guardian
‘Exudes oodles of charisma and originality, thanks mostly to Hoop’s delightfully freaky take on traditional folk convention‘ BBC Music
This concert will begin at 8pm.