New Artist: Gemma Laurence

Photo Credit: Hope Allison

Gemma Laurence is an indie folk singer/songwriter from Brunswick, Maine. Half British and half American, Laurence’s time on both sides of the Atlantic has influenced her unique sound: a fusion of foot-stomping Americana with a hint of English folk.

The lilt of her vocals and the pithy edge to her lyrics have drawn comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, and Adrianne Lenker. A lover of poetry, Laurence named her debut album, Crooked Heart, after a line in her favorite W.H. Auden poem: “You shall love your crooked neighbour with your crooked heart.” Evoking Auden’s place-based nostalgia, Laurence transports listeners into her own memories of dogwood forests and train station platforms.

Blending bluegrass banjo riffs and cello melodies, Laurence’s timeless tracks call her listeners home to the people and places left behind for new beginnings.

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And take a listen to her track ‘Judas’, below…