The brilliant singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore is coming to Letchworth to play a live set to mark her album.

To celebrate the release of her new album The Counterweight Thea will be playing a lunchtime acoustic session at David’s Music, on Eastcheap on Monday at 2pm.

Talented musician Thea has already described the album as a sonic departure from recent work, and christened it ‘the more mature elder sister’ of her 2003 breakthrough album Avalanche.

She said of her appearance at David’s – one of the UK’s leading independent music stores: “For anyone out and about in Letchworth on Monday please come along – I’ll be singing, signing and smiling at this great place!”

After leaving Fullfill Records, Thea signed to Cooking Vinyl – home of Billy Bragg, Passenger, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith to name a few – in late 2016. “It felt like coming home” she said of the new deal, “I’m surrounded by like minds and with a label that has impeccable pedigree, and a wonderful track recording of building the careers of artists I admire”.

It’s been 13 years and eight albums since Avalanche. The then 23-year-old was writing, post 9-11 with a fire inside her stoked by global anxiety and an increasingly vacuous celebrity culture.

Now, calling upon the spirit of this predecessor, Thea is back with the album she feels takes up where it left off. Although never entirely losing her voice of protest, on subsequent records Thea turned inward, singing songs about the depression she had been diagnosed with, love songs and songs informed by parenthood.

But she’s Now, however, she is back with The Counterweight, an album full of passion and disdain, an album that often muses on the rapid change in the social and political landscape that 2016 engendered.

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