by / January 12th, 2010 /

Finley Quaye, Jesca Hoop – Roisin Dubh, Galway

It has been quite a year for Jesca Hoop thus far. Tipped by a diverse range of UK publications from Uncut (‘excellent’), Time Out (bewitching’), OMM (Tips for 2009), The Sun (-Single of the Week’ for -Murder of Birds’), Esquire, Music Week and a two page feature in The Times on the back of one limited self-released UK debut EP. Interspersed shows and radio sessions for the likes of Marc Riley have had to maneuver around the recording of the follow up to her US- only debut album from 2007. This arrives in the supremely elegant and unique shape of Hunting My Dress due to be released in the UK on November 16, 2009.

The above are far from being on their own in nailing their allegiance and trumpeting the emergence of someone very special. She has received notable endorsements from Tom Waits and the nation’s new Humphrey Lyttelton-in-waiting, one Guy Garvey. He became so enchanted by her music that he invited her onto his radio show. They got on like a house on fire, so he continued his open house policy by extending an invite to join the Elbow US tour in April 2008, which led into a UK tour in October 2008 followed by another US tour in August this year. He also lends his subtle yet inimitable vocal strength to -Murder of Birds’.