Gabby Young's twisting roots have carried her & that stunning voice from her native Wiltshire around the UK to land with a bang at the centre of London's music scene.
The youngest ever recruit to the National Youth Opera at the age of 12, Gabby was on track to become an opera singer until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams. Whilst still in her teens Gabby frequented open mic nights and played with a spectrum of bands before recording her first solo record in her bedroom before she turned 21.
Gabby's unique perspective of the world around her is inspired as much by imagination as real events, but when thyroid cancer threatened to take her classically trained voice at the age of 22, she got serious about recording her stories. Using her recovery time to pen her melodies, Gabby took in global influences to fuel her heartfelt emotion which shines through her beautifully haunting songs. In 2008 Gabby formed the 8-piece band "Other Animals" who complete the magical musical fairground we know today. Young's avant-garde fusion of globally influenced folk combines Balkan brass, jazz and swing in an aural antiques shop from the future… to produce what has been affectionately dubbed 'Circus Swing' by those who realise there is no existing genre to encompass Young's sound.
Now with a list of accolades as long as a pair of stripy tights, the World's Finest Purveyors of Circus Swing have released debut album We're All In This Together (World Connection). Receiving 4 stars from The Guardian, Gabby is described as "A versatile, classically trained singer and an inventive, surprising songwriter with a barrage of global influences".
Quite simply, Gabby is a flame-haired force of nature who could awaken the most derelict of hearts with her other- worldly tales sung in dulcet tones. With The Barbican, Canadian Music Week, South by Southwest, Japan and Australia.
"Wildly flamboyant and with a good selection of brassy-backed, jazz-edged songs" THE GUARDIAN – (Robin Denselow)
"Distinctive… Extravagantly theatrical" FINANCIAL TIMES (David Honigman)
"Gabby is distinctive. She's a mixture of Pre-Raphaelite beauty and antique shop. As much art-school as Agent Provacteur. Eastern European touches and acoustic instrumentation combine with a strong seductive voice to suggest a busking Kate Bush" MOJO (Roy Wilkinson)
"A sense of a second-hand jumble worked up into something vital and new is matched in the tapestry of the Other Animals' sound". THE SUNDAY TIMES (David Stubbs)
"Imagine a Victorian circus having a baby with Beetlejuice and raising it on a diet of Tori Amos and a slightly brighter Nina Simone" THE FLY (LIVE REVIEW)
"[Gabby is]....a special talent with an enchanting voice." Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
"The World's finest purveyors of Circus Swing" Clive Anderson BBC Radio 4 (Loose Ends)
Gabby's raucous live shows and handsome stage design have had tongues wagging and feet stomping across Britain for some time, but 2011 saw the spectacle of her performances taken to another level, with major festival dates and sojourns to the continent – as well as trips to the USA and Japan.
In 2011 she played Barbican • BAFTA After Party • BBC Radio 2 Live Session • Glastonbury • WOMAD • Joe's Pub, NY • Hotel Cafe, LA • Tokyo Tomorrow • Bush Hall • Bloomsbury Ball Room • Tabernacle • Jazz Cafe • Japan • Radio 4 • KOKO • Royal Festival Hall • Paradiso • All over Europe. This year they are set for huge things and should be making appearances at many summer festivals.
The new album is due out in June with the first single coming in May. Bring on the Spring is what we say!
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