Acclaimed singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore will be playing two dates at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester next week.

She brings her Christmas Party to the Tower Wharf venue on Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9.

At an early age Oxfordshire-born Gilmore developed a talent for being very tall and writing words.

Sometime in her teens she added music into the mix, and a year or so later certain corners of the British music press were describing her as ‘one of the few world class female singer-songwriters Britain has ever produced’.

Her debut album Burning Dorothy was released in 1999, and in 2003 she hit the UK charts for the first time with her fourth album Avalanche and the hit singles Juliet and Mainstream.

During this period she famously refused to sign to major record labels, refused to work with a famous dance remix team and refused to say she was sleeping with a soap star in order to gain tabloid exposure.

She has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada, returned to the charts in 2006 with her Harpo’s Ghost album and subsequently in 2010 with Murphy’s Heart.

Her successful singles include You’re The Radio, Teach Me To Be Bad and That’ll Be Christmas, the last of these receiving the most airplay of any new seasonal record of the last five years.

She has collaborated onstage or in the studio with Mike Scott and The Waterboys, Martha Wainwright, Sting, The Cowboy Junkies, Joan As Policewoman, Eliza Carthy to name just a few.

Her razor sharp lyrics, melodic flair and honey toned voice have been admired by wide ranging contemporaries including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Neil Gaiman, David Baddeil and William Boyd.

In 2012 Don’t Stop Singing, her new musical settings of the late Sandy Denny’s unfinished works, received great acclaim and included the single London which was used extensively in the BBC TV coverage of the Olympic Games.

Tickets to her Christmas party gigs at Telford’s Warehouse are priced £15. Call 01244 390 090 or visit