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Sharon Lewis

From: Brighton via Manchester

Profile: 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.

Since 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.”

It is accompanied by a new EP Simple Things.


Soundcloud: sets/roses-at-the-top/s-C600V



Other bands featured so far:
(*tracks still available for download)
Luke Jones The Stirring
Left Hand Red Largo
Kingsomniac Drookit Dogs
Passenger Geronimo Arkwright
Le Band Extraordinaire Turncoat
Dates My Device
Hold Fire The Lanes
My Name Is Red Funes
Once Over The Chedington Incident
Jalopy Livingston Freeman
Boypatient Republic of Heaven
The Howling Lana McDee And The Os
Restlesslist The Rylics
Les Valentine The Foxes
The Jamestown Union The Dirty Socials
The Hornblower Brothers Kopek
My Federation Miss Black America
Chris T-T The Great Park
Geisha Afterspark
Peggy Sue And The Pirates 4 or 5 Magicians
The Wasp Factory Doll and the Kicks
Matt Eaton The Poppycocks
Gloria Cycles Floors and Walls
Teasing Lulu Pope Joan
A Scandal in Bohemia Damn Dirty Humans
Sons of Noel & Adrian Grasscut
Mascara The Splendour
Scenic Routes Mean Poppa Lean
Transformer Catapult
Educated Animals Kovak
Bitter Ruin The Beautiful Word
Bernice MacDonald Riot Riot
Shoreline Birdengine
Phoenix Williams The Long Goodbye
The Leisure Society Kristin McClement
Rob The Rich The Lyrebirds
Ocean Reid Jumping Ships
The Milk & Honey Band Venetia and the Voltage
The Jules Franks Band ThePrjctMyhm
BANGBANGBANG! Nick Burbridge & Jon Sevink
The Crave The Mojo Fins
12 Stone Toddler Steve Harris's Zaum
The Auteur The Half Sisters
Way Tangent Absent Elk
Los Albertos Das Fenster
Buz Super U
900 Spaces The Dials
Carnival Collective The Sly-Tones
Robert Stillman The Impellers
The Stars Down To Earth Stephen Kalinich and Peter Lacey
Brakes The Fish Brothers
They Cried Land
Space Age Hero
Sweet Sweet Lies Amanda Shaw
The Perils The Laylanas
Paul Steel Argument About Yellow
Paul Diello Alice Shaw
Shona Foster The Crissars
A Dancing Beggar Bellows
Jeni Saint We Fell To Earth
Curly Hair Dr Razzu
Robb Johnson And The Irregulars London Commands You
Friday Night Hero The Jo Harman Project
Red Shark In Vegas Straw Bear
Standing On Giants Ice Black Birds
Escape Route 36 Blood Red Shoes
The Maxibons Monsters Build Mean Robots
This Is Massacre Peter Lacey
Dirty Scavenger The Flash Bang Band
Grow Claws Munich
Melodica, Melody And Me The Robot Heart
The Myst Capital
Tribal Vibe Lostaura
Nick Hudson & The Academy Of Sun Jouis
Daruso Justice Force 5
The Morning Orchestra Conrad Vingoe
Mirrors Samsara
Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea Bedroom City
Ramona Mark Chadwick
Stars And Sons The Blue Hearts
Mount Kimbie Jazz Morley
The Last Carnival Glam Ryze
yourgardenday The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster
Twin Brother Ragweed
King Porter Stomp Phoria
Anagrams Villareal
White Star Liners Kit Ashton
Watermelons Salter Cane
Nullifier Esben And The Witch
Minor Sounds Sparrow
Sun Of Souls CliffHanga
Beardyman The Valentines
Pope Joan (2) Arkland
Emily Baker Lorraine Bowen
Lianne Hall Two Spot Gobi
The Xcerts Moulettes
Pharoahs Watts The SP
The Badje Shoot The Dead
Forestears Good Luck Jonathan
Jim Briffett The Junkhouse
The Suburbians Electric Soft Parade - 200th Download
Toploader Tricky Micky
The Gypsy Switch Stuart Newman
Heavy Load IDC
Nadege Scribe Tribe
Vile Imbeciles Marz
Rubylux Raising Maisie
Black Bonds Abi Wade
The Move-Ons Boy Cried Wolf
Kate Walsh Native Roses
Nick Howard Chris T-T Christmas Download
Fear Of Men Lawson
I'm Being Good The Brompton Mix
Run Young Lovers Us Baby Bear Bones
Oddfellow's Casino Fighting Fiction
Brand New Start Astro-Physics
Thomas White Will Johns
Barnstormer Sebastian Blake
The Chefs Dear Prudence
The Glass Room The Swing Ninjas
Mohit Soccer96
Dollface MynieMoe
Tom Staniford Jennifer Left
AK/DK Kim Slade
Eliza Jaye Moya
Hatful Of Rain The Basis
Holy Vessels Mok
Maggie And Martin Seedhead
Harry Oakwood (Millionaire) Woodpecker Wooliams
Bunty Dan Shears
House Of Hats The Flip Flays
Laish Them The Sky
Alice Amelia Bushman Brothers
Sabrina Altan Gazz Marlow*
The Miserable Rich Rebecca Burge
Saint Etienne Bella Feud
Running Dogs River Jumpers
Mr Chill Meets Punkdaddy Kins
Suave Debonair Augustus Caesar
Physics House Band Shrag
The Self Help Group Stuart Warwick
Jetpack Elastic Common Tongues
Le Juki Apples And Eve
Gamble Street Grand Parade*
Dog In The Snow* Bad For Lazarus*
Terry Garoghan* Tall Ships*
Jacko Hooper* The Creaking Chair*
John Lake Trio* Johnny Wore Black*
Wildflowers* Glass City Vice*
Omar* The Meow Meows*
Stark* The Hundredth Anniversary - 300th Download*
Gnarwolves* Plasticine*
Rumrunn3rs* TigerBiteFever*
Flash Pan Hunter* Dani Wilde
Red River Dialect* The King Zoots*
Spacenoid* Donna Fullman*
Samuel Purdey Polymath*
Glass Sines* Teardrop Factory*
Phantom Runners* Chris Simmons*
The Pure Conjecture Iyes
Lonesome Heights Royal Blood
Sharon Lewis

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