Thea Gilmore Biography

25 November 1979, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. This UK singer-songwriter presents a distinctly English take on the angst-rock blueprint of American artists such as Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette. Gilmore was brought up in Oxford, where she listened to classic rock records and began to write short stories and poetry. By her mid-teens Gilmore had begun composing and performing her own songs, and was first noticed during a work experience placement at Fairport Convention’s Woodworm Studios. At the age of 16 she recorded an album for the independent Beautiful Jo label. A single ‘Instead Of The Saints’ was released before Gilmore, demonstrating a precocious distrust of the record industry, broke away to set up her own Shameless Records label. Burning Dorothy was released to general acclaim in November 1998, revealing a songwriter of rare passion and intent. The Lipstick Conspiracies benefited from a distribution contract with Naim, while retaining the edgy production sound (courtesy of Nigel Stonier) and venomous polemic of her debut.

Gilmore went from strength to strength on Rules For Jokers, a more acoustic-orientated album that nevertheless possessed a bite and snap missing from the work of the majority of her contemporaries. Songs From The Gutter, which was initially only made available for purchase through Gilmore’s website, collected a batch of previously unissued material that confirmed her burgeoning reputation as one of the UK’s most promising singer-songwriters.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.