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Sarah Jane Morris’ larger-than-life voice helped front the enormous Communards hit Don’t Leave Me This Way which was four weeks at #1 in the UK in 1986. Before and since then she has pursued an idiosyncratic solo career ranging from Greek #1 disco hits to jazz, from singing Brecht/Weill with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to winning the San Remo Song Festival then having her trophy swiped by Grace Jones. We have a raucous interview with her from June 29 2000 in London, also provided in streaming audio, laughs and all. Diversions include barbed wire scrapes and broken bones on a Greek island.
Birmingham Evening Post, September 1999
The Stratford Herald, October 1999
The Evening Standard, December 1999
The Guardian, December 1999
Queen's Counsel: Russell Celyn Jones meets the singer who will neither compromise nor conform
"When I’m singing I get possessed by something, I’m floating above, yet still in control."
"New Woman": Ian Shaw talks to the multi-talented Sarah Jane Morris about rhythm, writing and reinvention
A voice so deep it's almost subterranean and so bluesy your mind pictures her suffering the night away with a litre bottle of whiskey in hand.'
'Vibrations which ranged from Janis Joplin to Julie London,'
'A stroke of perversity to her lyrics.'
'More than a great voice, she is several great voices.'
Harpers & Queen
'Sultry and uncompromising.'
'The boisterous Ms. Morris is on her way... maintaining the right to wear her bra outside her jacket.'
'Provocative and unorthodox.'
'A woman worth listening to.'
'Her powerful delivery recalls something of the timbre of Nina Simone.'
The Sunday Times
'Her cover of Loverman has been known to set off the fire sprinkler systems.'
'The kind of extensive vocal range Carole King and others must have longed for.'
'Her excellent voice soars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the delta and smoky Chicago clubs.'
To Sarah Jane's home page (all links)
To the full text of Sarah Jane Morris' interview
To the Hippodrome EFG London Jazz Festival gig review
To the Union Chapel, London, gig review
To audio clips from Sarah Jane's interview
To Sarah Jane's recent photo gallery
To Sarah Jane's History photo gallery
Jane Morris external:
The official Sarah Jane Morris website
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