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Fran Hemsley

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Tunbridge Wells-based singer/songwriter Fran Hemsley's alternative style is laced with mood and atmosphere, edgy lyrics and distinct vocals. In her own words she says " Having previously collaborated with other musicians and gaining experience in a metal band from 2004 to 2007 I felt driven to carve out my own sound. For me it was all about cutting down to the basics of piano and voice, so that I could air all the influences and experiences that drive me. For me the words are important and I find those artists who communicate honestly and intelligently are magnetic. I number among my influences The Stooges, Patti Smith, Al Stewart, The Doors, Thom Yorke and The Pixies. When I listen to music and hear something that I can relate to, I feel moved and inspired and that is what I aim for. I strive for a raw and interesting sound and a lyrical honesty that is not glib or affectedly pretty."

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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Wednesday 6th January 2010
The Paul Dunton Ensemble, Matthew Hovenden, Fran Hemsley, Zoe Nicol