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Sarah Gillespie Quartet plays at Arlington Arts on Thursday

Following the release of her second critically acclaimed album In the Current Climate, Sarah Gillespie plays at Arlington Arts on Thursday with a quartet featuring Gilad Atzmon, Enzo Zirilli and Ben Bastin.

Born in London to an American mother and British father Gillespie grew up in Norfolk, with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz.

From the age of four, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the US, busking in the streets and playing gigs.

On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics And Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Supporting Ian Dury's band The Blockheads at Ronnie Scotts one night, she met the saxophonist and composer Gilad Atzmon and he went on to produce her acclaimed debut album Stalking Juliet (Egea). Gillespie has since performed live on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, played festivals, jazz clubs, venues and Arts Centres across Britain and toured in Europe.

Tickets, priced £9 in advance (£11 door) are available from the Box Office on 01635 244246, online via www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

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