Last weekend saw
Sharon Lewis launch her new
album Roses At The Top at
Brighton’s Unitarian Church.
Formerly one half of
Manchester duo Pooka, which
signed to Warner Brothers
and released four albums over
the space of a decade, Sharon
released her first solo album
The Hour Lilies in 2006.
The release led to an invitation
to work with Faithless’s Jamie Catto
on his solo project 1 Giant Leap.
then, Lewis has also collaborated with The
Leisure Society’s Nick Hemming, and starred
alongside Ani Di Franco and Martin Carthy in Anais
Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown, which premiered
at the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival.
Lewis’s self-produced second album, which was
released last month, is based largely around piano
and her vocal, with occasional flourishes of strings,
trumpets and pedal steel.
“The lyrics are very important and I didn’t want them
to get lost in the music,” says Lewis. “My hope for
the album is that it brings healing and comfort
to those people who find themselves halfway up
the mountain searching for the roses.”
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