Instead of the Saints (BEJOCD-21) is the outstanding debut single of 18-year-old singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore from Banbury. Filed under indie-folk, the four tracks betray astonishingly mature talents from an artist who first came to attention while she was still at school, doing work experience at Woodworm Studios. A demo tape of her songs so impressed Beautiful Jo’s Tim Healey that he immediately offered her a record deal.
Instead of the Saints - the CD single - is the result. The big, shimmering title track is backed by the dreamy Beelzebub, upbeat Brittle Dreams and poignant, acoustic Maybe. Thea Gilmore played at the Radio One Sound City events held in October 1997, where she was rapturously received by two Oxygen FM critics. ‘Many a time I had shivers down my spine... She has a beautiful voice... She opens her mouth and this amazing voice comes out. A singer who really keeps her dignity.’ (Christina Dunphy) ‘ Definitely top notch.’ (Lizzie Ambler). Thea has also been the subject of a feature on Central TV South.
Thea has now recorded a brilliant debut album, Burning Dorothy (SHAME 1200), on the Shameless Records label. You can buy the album from us at 12.99 incl. p&p. Just fill in the Honest Jo mail order form. A Thea Gilmore website is currently under construction - watch this space!.
Meanwhile, for live gigs and all other information write to:
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Mojo review
Thea Gilmore - Burning Dorothy - album review in Mojo, February 1999
The easy option is lots of ‘English Alanis’ cliches and indeed there’s plenty of feisty attitude, barbed one-liners, edgy rock arrangements and hollering affirmations of strident independence. But the comparisons are misleading. ‘Pontiac to Homegirl’ reveals a writer of intriguing mystique and depth, while Militia Sister (‘Just because I bleed seems to make me family, I don’t wanna be your militia sister’) is an oddly moving statement of post-feminist intent. And ‘Bad Ideas’, both funny and potent, is so good it’s scary. If we’re in the business of comparisons, then the freedom of spirit, remorselessly fierce air of truth and bold range of emotions and musical explosions here demand they be with Ani DiFranco. All this and tunes too.
Colin Irwin

Bristling with well-observed barbs, cute self deprecation and well-constructed songs
The Times

Packed with potential...if one of the major record labels doesn't pick up on Gilmore soon, they're as stupid as people say they are.
Sunday Times

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