Folk Bands and Artists
London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey was raised between France and England, since her return she has released 2 Eps and 2 full length albums ‘One Dress’ (2012) and ‘Wandering Heart’ (V2 records- 2016). Brooke was featured in the FUTURE 50 article in The Guardian in November 2016 about independent artists doing it their own way. She produces her music and collaborates with band members based in and around East London. Her unique sound can be described as:
´An introspective sound adorned with emotional vocals and sliding string sections that create a tense air of melancholy that few others can master so simply and so elegantly, Brooke Sharkey oozes a creativity that radiates emotion. She is a woman who bleeds artistry´ (Fresh beats)
With a vocal style that switches effortlessly between lithely melodic and fiery, set against a deeply atmospheric musical backdrop, comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush, Ane Brun and Cat Power are inevitable.
´Wandering Heart´ is the title track of her new album. This album is a selection of songs written about the last 3 years of her life traveling, playing shows, busking and tells stories of people, places and delves into alternative ways of living and loving and their struggles.
Her tracks ´Your tomorrow´, ‘Faces’ and ´Bottletop Blues´ have been played on BBC radio 2, Radio 6, BBC Scotland, Radio FIP and Radio 1 Belgium with live sessions on NPO Radio 1 and 2 in The Netherlands. She has also captured the attention of The guardian, Loud and quiet magazine, Acoustic magazine and Maverick magazine and has supported artists such as Thomas Dybdahl, Ben Watt and french artist Tété. Brooke’s next show in London is at The Union Chapel in Co- headline with Cameroonian Artist BLICK BASSY on 17th November 2017.
Brooke will be headlining Paradiso Noord in Amsterdam on the 26th November with more shows soon to be announced in Benelux.
The Guardian- (Imogen Tilden)
Featured in The Guardians FUTURE 50 ( Nov 2016)
The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely.
BBC Radio 6 (Mary Anne Hobbs)
‘ She’s sure to stop you in your tracks…Really is so beautiful…’
Loud & Quiet Magazine (Chris Watkeys)
´´What places her on a higher plane than most of her contemporaries is actually pretty simple: the sheer strength of her songwriting, and the truly soul shifting quality of her voice... This is mature, refined songwriting of the highest calibre.´´
The Observer (live review)
‘Brooke has an incredible voice, amazing control and Grace’
Time out London (live review)
It’s an aural treat!
Acoustic Magazine (´Wandering Heart´ Album review)
Brooke has a lovely way of wrapping herself around a lyric, her voice a sensuous instrument that rises and falls like an incoming tide..it´s all strangely beautiful...´´
Folk radio (´I crossed the line EP review)
‘Irresistible music’ with ‘..a vocal performance that seems to switch effortlessly between lithely melodic and fiery’
Folk Radio (´Wandering Heart´ Album review)
It’s an intricate, lovingly crafted album that showcases a singer/songwriter on top of her game.
Fip Radio (Patrick Derloin) -
‘Un ressenti qui traverse le corps et l´âme et on ne se pose pas d´avantage de question, le disque reste dans la tête et dans le cœur, il est au dessus des autres…’
GIGS COMING UP
Green Note Presents
- Beautiful contemporary alt-folk - (London)
Monday 11th February · 8:30PM · Green Note · Camden · £10