• 28th October 2015

    Jonathan Meiburg has just announced the release of his next Shearwater record titled Jet Plane and Oxbow !! I had the pleasure of touring all throughout 2014 as a member of the Jonathan’s band taking us across the states and all through Europe. What good times we had ! After the tours settled down Jonathan asked me if I would lay down some supportive voices on a handful of songs for his (then upcoming) album. In no way do I a feature on any of these songs, Jonathan has got it more than covered but my timbres can be sensed peppered throughout the album. It was a real treat to play a part !! Jonathan and his producer Danny Reisch are two of my favourite people on God’s green earth

    Read about it hear on Pitchfork.

    Pitchfork- Shearwater Announce New Album Jet Plane and Oxbow, Share Quiet Americans

  • 4th October 2015

    I am very happy to contribute a cover of David Bowie’s John Im only Dancing for the release of A Salute to The Thin White Duke out on Cleopatra Records Now !!! Very happy to be in the company of Dum Dum Girls, Electric Six, Rogue Wave, Magic Wands, The Muffs, Kittie, and more! Check it out here on Band Camp !!

    A Salute To The Thin White Duke on Band Camp

  • 4th September 2015

    Hello Good People !!

    Well, Its turning to Autumn again !!! My goodness gracious !! Amazing how time is flying by !!! This year, as planned has held much creative on the home front for me. Ive made a couple records , done some fun side projects , played some festivals and am working on renovating the house that I am living in !!! Its been some time since i sent a letter to you all. I thought i should reach out, say hello and update the curious.

    Hoop What Happened ? Hoop What’s UP ?

    UK Festivals
    One more Festival for Hoop !!!

    I play Ramsbottom Festival Sept 19th http://ramsbottomfestival.com/ This could very well be my last gig of 2015 !! I am playing a solo set and really looking forward to it !! Festival Season this year was great fun !! I brought my band to Latitude, Kendall Calling and L Fest. UK festivals environments are basically states of madness… and mud !!

    Jesca Hoop & Iron and Wine Album of Duets I have mentioned a couple times in the past that I co-wrote an album of duets with Sam Beam aka Iron and Wine http://www.ironandwine.com/. We recorded this album in March up in Portland Oregon with producer Tucker Martine http://www.florarecording.com/ with a sublime cast of musicians ( whom I shall reveal at a later date). The recording process took 10 fun filled days. Making records is for me one of the most satisfying processes as the exploration of the songs unfold their discoveries into living breathing records. A surprise every time !!! I do believe our entire cast was overwhelmed with joy by the end. Both Sam and I having worked so hard to write the tunes, were especially overjoyed to hear the songs come to life … and its ummm Fucking Beautiful !! Since then the record has been mixed and is now in the process of being set up for release with rough aim of early 2016 !! I shall keep you posted !! Hoop’s ‘ Memories Are Now’ My Solo record which I recorded producer and friend Blake Mills http://www.blakemillsonline.com/ has been mixed and is also being set up for release. I have named this album Memories Are Now. Its a very stark record but energetic, emotional and poetic work. Memories Are Now is my new baby and the apple of my eye !! Again, the joy and satisfaction and pride that I walked away with when I finally had the mixes in my happy little hands is long lasting !! I will disclose more about this work as the release approaches !!

    Hoop and Fingathing

    I joined up with Manchester band Fingathing to do a cover of disco classic I Feel Love originally by Donna Summers. Its harder to sing than you might think !!! Big Lungs !!

    Its been released on a compilation put out by label Tru Thoughts .. check it !!
    https://tru-thoughts.bandcamp.com/track/fingathing-feat-jesca-hoop-i-feel-love

    Hoop in VR with Filmatics

    I worked with the film company Filmaticshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Filmatics/406659752795991?fref=tsto record the song Ribbon Bow for a film they are shooting in Virtual Reality. VR is a very exciting new medium and technology that I am sure will become hugely popular !! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality. The potential is limitless !! Filmatics is creating a seance in VR … ummm RAD …. of which will feature my version of Ribbon Bow. Did I mention that the Ditty Bops since BV’s on Ribbon Bow ? https://www.facebook.com/TheDittyBops/photos_stream

    Hoop on All Shook UP w Marc Riley I appeared on Marc Rileys http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00c72y1 new online series All Shook Up http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02srs4j/all-shook-up-the-wytches-jesca-hoop-richard-dawson And here one that didnt make the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rriuKq7hTE Hoop the Roofer As far as the house is concerned… I can see the sky from my shower… I better get back up on that roof !!! The Manchester rain is coming…. as usual !!!!

    Ok folks that is all for now !! Autumn is my favourite of seasons !! I hope you enjoy its bounty in crispness, coolness and colours and may your baskets weigh heavy with harvest !!

    oh and…. Hoop’s Dreams

    And if you have any interest in the mysterious world of Dreaming
    I’ve been the most adventurous dreamer lately… and mostly in the water !! Here is a recent sleepy time excursion. http://youareinnocentwhenyoudream.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/red-boots-on.html

    Yours Truly Hoop x www.jescahoop.com https://twitter.com/JescaHoop https://www.facebook.com/music
  • 22nd January 2015

    Hello Good People !!

    I am happy to to be writing you on the turn of a new year !
    I hope this letter finds you feeling fresh, renewed and ready as we step into the rhythm of 2015 !
    So much music on the horizon !! So many good times on their way !!

    Ive got some wonderful events to coming up !! Here we go

    Iron and Wine and Jesca Hoop Album of Duets/ Blake Mills and Hoop tour UK Europe/ Hoop’s new Record

    Iron and Wine and Jesca Hoop Album of Duets !!!!!

    You know, you never know who is about come into your life. One day you are without and the next you are breathing in the answered prayer. In 2014 Sam Beam aka Iron and WIne came calling. This was a welcomed surprise as I have loved his records for several years !! Long story short we spent 2014 co-writing a batch of 20 some odd duetted tunes !!!!! We are over the moon with the alchemical results !!!! The songs are loooooooovely !!! We will be taking our favourites of the bunch to record this spring !! I am so excited to me able now to announce this collaborative work as it has been the light of my life recently ! More on the Iron and Wine and Jesca Hoop record as efforts progress !!

    Blake Mills and Hoop Tour UK Europe

    Do you know Blake Mills ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AetBG8e-ECs
    Before he is a phenomenal guitar player and fantastic songwriter, arranger, producer etc etc…. he is an old friend, brother, musical companion and conspirator !! Blake has played on all my studio albums and informed the sound of those records in a big way!!
    Blake has a new record out and he is coming over to the UK, Amsterdam and Paris to play for us all ! You really don’t want to miss this !!! I am going to open show and then join him on the stage for some numbers… as is our nature !
    Please come !! you will thank me later !!

    Get your tickets here Feb 9th Brighton – Komedia http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/blake-mills-tickets
    Feb 10th London- Union Chapel -http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/events/10-feb-15-blake-mills-union-chapel/
    Feb 12th Manchester- St Phillpis Church http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/blake-mills-tickets
    Feb 13th Glasgow- CCA http://www.seetickets.com/Redirect/ByShowCode/834608
    Feb 16th Paris- Cafe de la Danse http://livenationfh.trium.fr/index.php/12/manifestation/8863
    Feb 17th Amsterdam- Tolhuistuin http://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/140371

    Hoop’s new record

    LP4 is what I call it for now as it does not yet have a proper name. Although it feels like a 1st, I have recorded my 4th studio album !! This one is a slow cooker. I want you all to know that the work is simmering over a slow steady fire and will be made available when the time is right. Patience is a virtue and all good things to those who wait (note to self). I look forward to telling you more about it as the release comes near.

    Ok friends

    that is all for the time being…
    you enjoy yourselves !! Catch the rhythm of days and nights and dream big vivid dreams in your deep sound sleep !!

    speaking of which ….. a new dream blog…. its been a little while !!! Ive been dreaming up a storm lately !!
    this one is worth sharing.. “I think”

  • 25th July 2014

    Jesca Hoop Back on the Road!

    Photograph courtesy of Jack Kirwin

    Hello Good People! It has been a relatively quiet summer with most of my work happening at home. Home improvements and the final stages of a new record fill my cup as of late. I have been experimenting with weather control as I mix versions of my new record play through my studio speakers. I should apologise to Manchester for the hail we experienced in the middle of a hot summer’s day… too much high end on the vocal. Of course Manchester is not on a fault line… there was just a bit too much low end on that bass drum! Rumble!!!!! Yes, I’ve got some explaining to do. Then there is some work of a collaborative and secret nature that has my imagination stretching in search of edible melodies and evocative phrases. I look forward to the time when I can reveal this collaboration to you all, my dear listeners. So it is a divining rod pulling me here and there, rather than an aeroplane at the moment. But this insular mode can only last so long as the plane ticket is staring me in the face, and I must fly again…

    At the end of this month, I will be joining Iron & Wine for the 5th Annual Midwives Benefit in Austin, Texas. The benefit directly benefits a foundation called Mercy in Action. To read more about it, please follow this link .

    There are also a couple of Manchester events for my people in my home town!! Manchester Pride, which I am very much looking forward to. I believe the event is being performed only by women…which is fun for us gals, but not so much for the boys. So we will have a chance to bring the boys in with the Undressed Festival in August, which I am headlining on the second day.

    Then we have a festival in Denmark – I love playing in Denmark!!

    And look … more dates with Iron & Wine… this time around Europe, as well as a few stateside dates.
    So go ahead, and have a gander. Follow the link to buy a ticket for a show near you!!

    Saturday 26th July – 5th Annual Midwive’s Benefit – Austin, TX
    Tickets available here

    Sunday 3rd August – Kraak, Manchester, UK
    Tickets available here

    Sunday 17th August – Undressed Festival, Manchester, UK
    Tickets available here

    Saturday 23rd August – Manchester Pride Festival, Manchester, UK
    Tickets available here

    Saturday 6th September – Aarhus Festival, Denmark
    More information available here

    Back on the Road with Iron & Wine!

    Sunday 14th September – The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
    Tickets available here

    Monday 15th September – State Theater, Kalamazoo, MI
    Tickets available here

    Tuesday 16th September – Buskirk-Chumley Center, Bloomington, IN
    Tickets available here

    Wednesday 17th September – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
    Tickets available here

    Thursday 18th September –The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
    Tickets available here

    Hoop on Iron & Wine Tour in Europe

    Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Kulturkirche, Koln, Germany
    Tickets available here

    Thursday 6th November 2014 – Ringkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany
    Tickets available here

    Saturday 8th November – Apostel Paulus Kirche, Berlin, Germany
    Tickets available here

    Sunday 9th November – Kammerspielle, Munich, Germany
    Tickets available here

    Tuesday 11th November – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Tickets available here

    Wednesday 12th November – Pustervik, Goteborg, Sweden
    Tickets available here

    Sunday 16th November – Adelphi, London, UK
    Tickets available here

    Monday 17th November – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
    Tickets available here

  • 4th July 2014

    Hoop is delighted to announce that she will be performing as part of Hey! Manchester?‘s Undressed festival in Manchester, 16th-17th August.

    Early-bird tickets are on sale from 10am today (Friday 4th July).

    More information and tickets can be found here.

    Team Hoop x

    Photograph courtesy of Jack Kirwan

  • 21st June 2014

    Hoop is delighted to announce that she will be performing at this year’s Manchester Pride festival!

    More information and tickets can be found here

    Team Hoop x

    Photograph courtesy of Jack Kirwan

  • 22nd May 2014

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    Hello Good People!!

    Here we are and it is summertime! The spring carried me through a whirlwind of touring across the United States, to the UK and through Europe. I joined Shearwater as 5th member of the band and tried my hand at a bit of keyboards and percussion, as well as adding dark, dramatic, low vocals underneath front-man Jonathan Meiburg’s sung poetry. For anyone who does not know them, Shearwater is a rock band so performing this music was a great change of pace for me! I was working double-time as I opened the shows myself as well. In a gap between Shearwater dates I did my own tour through the UK in support of my latest release, ‘Undress’. It was wonderful to sing for so many lovely faces. Thank you all for coming! I feel quite fortunate. So now I am back in a writing phase at home in Manchester as I have a new record in the pipeline! I recorded it over the New Year and it is in mixing stages now…. All new tunes… very exciting!

    Until festival season I am home scaling the walls of my imagination, searching for new melodies and new ways to put things.

    And so I thought I would send along the latest Hoop gossip. You know, bits of talk from my tours etc.

    Enjoy the summer folks (as it begins to rain in my grey Manchester garden)!

    More to come,

    Ms Hoop x

    Undress Live Reviews:

    Drunken Werewolf

    For Folk’s Sake

    Mancunian Matters

    Bearded Magazine

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Jesca Hoop and Shearwater Tour Europe – Reviews:

    Stars Are Underground

    NeonFiller

    Undress Album Reviews:

    The Line of Best Fit
    Analog Revolution
    Clash Music

  • 1st April 2014

    UK Headlining Tour / ‘Undress’ Released to the Streets / Shearwater & Hoop Tour Europe

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    Hello from Team Hoop!
    Hoop is currently on tour. In her absence we would like to catch you up on Jesca’s upcoming movements on her behalf.
     

    Hoop’s UK Tour

    Hoop is delighted to be heading back on tour around the UK. For further information and tickets, please visit the links below.

    For a chance to win two tickets to any of Hoop’s UK shows, please click “here”:http://www.facebook.com/JescaHoopMusic and enter the competition for the show you would like to attend.

    Tickets for all shows are available here

    MONDAY 7TH APRIL - Sebright Arms, London, UK http://www.sebrightarms.co.uk/whats-on.php

    THURSDAY 10TH APRIL – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

    FRIDAY 11TH APRIL – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

    SUNDAY 13TH APRIL – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK

    MONDAY 14TH APRIL – Exchange, Bristol, UK

    TUESDAY 15TH APRIL – Komedia, Brighton, UK http://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873509767/events?show_id=873509767

    THURSDAY 17TH APRIL – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
     

    ‘Undress’ is out now!

    ‘Undress’ is now available on general release from all good record stores, and from iTunes here

    Hoop on Marc Riley’s Show, BBC 6Music:

    Jesca is very excited to once again appear on Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music show, tomorrow (2nd April 2014) from 19.00 (GMT).

    The show will be broadcast live on DAB digital radio, at 19.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 2nd April, or On Demand here

    Hoop on Shearwater’s European Tour:

    Following her tour around the States supporting and performing with Shearwater, Hoop is delighted to also be joining them for the following European dates.
    Ticket links to all shows can be found below.

    For a chance to win two tickets to any of Hoop’s European shows with Shearwater, please visit Hoop’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JescaHoopMusic and enter the competition for the show you would like attend.
     
    Wednesday 23rd April: Szene, Vienna, Austria

    Thursday 24th April: Beatpol, Dresden, Germany

    Friday 25th April: Privatclub, Berlin, Germany

    Saturday 26th April: Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Sunday 27th April: Indra, Hamburg, Germany

    Monday 28th April: Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Tuesday 29th April: Botanique, Brussels, Belgium

    Sunday 4th May: Democrazy, Gent, Belgium

    Tuesday 6th May: La Flèche d’Or, Paris, France

    Wednesday 7th May: Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland

    Thursday 8th May: Circolo Magnolia, Milan, Italy

    Friday 9th May: Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
     

    BIRNcore presents Jesca Hoop

    The good folks at BIRNcore have released an EP featuring five tracks from Hoop’s live performance with them last year, entitled ‘BIRNcore Presents: Jesca Hoop’.

    You can read a review of the EP here

    And the EP is available from iTunes here
     

    Press for ‘Undress’

    Thanks to Fiona Sturges for her review of ‘Undress’ published in Uncut last week. For more ‘Undress’ reviews from Q Magazine, NME and many more, please click here

    Team Hoop x

  • 17th March 2014

    Hoop on Spring European Tour with Shearwater

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    Did you miss me?!!

    I would like to announce that I will be performing the supporting slot, as well as joining Shearwater as fifth member of the band, for their upcoming European dates!!

    Ticket links to all shows can be found by clicking on the venue names below.

    Wednesday 23rd April: Szene, Vienna, Austria

    Thursday 24th April: Beatpol, Dresden, Germany

    Friday 25th April: Privatclub, Berlin, Germany

    Saturday 26th April: Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Sunday 27th April: Indra, Hamburg, Germany

    Monday 28th April: Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Tuesday 29th April: Botanique, Brussels, Belgium

    Sunday 4th May: Democrazy, Gent, Belgium

    Tuesday 6th May: La Flèche d’Or, Paris, France

    Wednesday 7th May: Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland

    Thursday 8th May: Circolo Magnolia, Milan, Italy

    Friday 9th May: Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland

    Hoop x
  • 14th March 2014

    UK Headlining Tour/ Shearwater & a Brief Catch-up!

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    Hello good people!!

    The sun is shining here in my Manchester home and all is well.
    We are into the spring now, and I can tell we are all feeling the promise of more sunshine! My winter was the exact opposite of what winter is intended for … I had no time for hibernating, I was like the bear turned inside out!! So, what’s been happening? And what’s still to come?

    Hoop Plays UK!

    I am happy to say that I have a small but mighty headline tour coming up in April which will be taking me up and down the UK. The dates are limited and so are the tickets, so snatch them up quickly!! I look forward to singing for you again, dear Britons x
    Tickets for all shows are available here

    MONDAY 7TH APRIL Sebright Arms, London, UK
    Tickets available here
    THURSDAY 10TH APRIL Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
    Tickets available here
    FRIDAY 11TH APRIL The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
    Tickets available here
    SUNDAY 13TH APRIL King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
    Tickets available here
    MONDAY 14TH APRIL Exchange, Bristol, UK
    Tickets available here
    TUESDAY 15TH APRIL Komedia, Brighton, UK
    Tickets available here
    THURSDAY 17TH APRIL Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
    Tickets available here

    ‘Undress’ Pledge Campaign has now finished!

    I couldn’t be happier with how the Pledge campaign for my little side project ‘Undress’ went. Everything from the recording, to the interactions with my dear listeners, to the shipping out of these items was fantastic. I especially enjoyed writing the personalised Valentine’s Day poems! I think I will continue to carry the torch for this dying art form… the love letter!
    ‘Undress’ is available online and in record stores from 24th March 2014

    Press for Undress:

    Here is some gossip on ‘Undress’. More press can also be found on Jesca’s website here

    Clash Music
    The 405
    Manchester Scene Wipe
    Glasswerk
    Mad Makerel
    Thank Folk For That
    Subba Cultcha
    Women in Music
    Orlando Weekly

    Hoop on Tour with Shearwater

    Let’s just say that I have never been in a band before… not to mention a rock band (if that’s what you want to call it… I like to call it ‘bird rock’). What great fun it is; I fully recommend you all join a band!! I had so much fun playing in Shearwater that I think I’ll do it again and again, even.

    Find out more about Shearwater here
    Tickets for all shows available here

    WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH The Earl East Atlanta, GA, US
    THURSDAY 20TH MARCH Cat’s Cradle Back Room Carrboro, NC, US
    FRIDAY 21ST MARCH Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC, US
    SATURDAY 22ND MARCH The Bell House Brooklyn, NY, US
    TUESDAY 25TH MARCH Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA, US
    WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH Le Divan Orange Montreal, QC, Canada
    THURSDAY 27TH MARCH Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON, Canada
    FRIDAY 28TH MARCH Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI, US
    SATURDAY 29TH MARCH The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL, US
    TUESDAY 29TH APRIL Botanique Brussels, Belgium
    THURSDAY 8TH MAY La Salumeria Della Musica Milan, Italy

    Hoop Supporting Iron and Wine:

    How much do we love Iron and Wine?! What a delight it was to open for him again on his solo tour through Florida, and to join him on the stage to sing one of my favourite songs, ‘Resurrection Fern’. I love my job!

    Find out more about Iron and Wine here

    Hoop in a Book!

    I have no memory of what I said for this book. I can’t be held responsible for any advice or mis-education offered! If you read this book, you read at your own risk! Take it or leave it… you’re on your own! Hopefully I was quoted well and accurately. Or at least well, for if I was quoted accurately something ridiculous may have been said!
    Find out more about the book here

    Jesca Hoop’s Daytrotter Session!

    Daytrotter have celebrated their 4000th session this month. To hear Hoop’s sessions for them, please visit their website

    Ms Hoop x

  • 11th March 2014

    Hoop’s Headline UK tour

    Tickets for all shows can be found here

    MONDAY 7th APRIL 2014: Sebright Arms – London (UK)
    THURSDAY 10th APRIL 2014: Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
    FRIDAY 11th APRIL 2014: Deaf Institute – Manchester (UK)
    SUNDAY 13th APRIL 2014: King Tuts – Glasgow (UK)
    MONDAY 14th APRIL 2014: Exchange – Bristol (UK)
    TUESDAY 15th APRIL 2014: Komedia – Brighton (UK)
    THURSDAY 17th APRIL 2014: Glee Club – Birmingham (UK)

    Team Hoop x

  • 10th March 2014

    Jesca Hoop Back on the Road with Shearwater!

    Hoop is back on the road around the US with Shearwater from 19th March!

    Tickets for all shows available here

    WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH – The EARL, East Atlanta, GA, US

    THURSDAY 20TH MARCH – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US

    FRIDAY 21ST MARCH – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, US

    SATURDAY 22ND MARCH – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, US

    TUESDAY 25TH MARCH – Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA, US

    WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH – Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC, Canada

    THURSDAY 27TH MARCH – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada

    FRIDAY 28TH MARCH – The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI, US

    SATURDAY 29TH MARCH – The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, US

    Team Hoop x

  • 27th January 2014

    Free download of ‘Whispering Light (Undressed) featuring Willy Mason!

    Click ‘Get it Now’ and follow the instructions.

    You can support Hoop’s Pledge campaign here

  • 14th January 2014

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    Pledge for Hoop’s latest campaign

    “Happy New Year Good People !! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to surf 2014 like the Whale Rider!! So, the highlights so far…

    Undress Features Guy Garvey on Murder of Birds. Performance Footage Now Available Exclusively to Pledgers!

    For those of you who don’t know that I am an American living in the UK… ‘tis true. I have been here 5+ years! One person was particularly instrumental in my choice to move to UK, and that would be Elbow frontman, Mr Guy Garvey. It was through our friendship that a whole new life unfolded for me in the United Kingdom. The song ‘Murder of Birds’, along with my first collaboration with Guy, were born there at the genesis of that new life. The original version was done through the wire across the sea. This time we enjoyed the luxury of being together to capture this renewed version. You can view and share in the experience by going to the Pledge website and supporting Undress.

    Would you like to see Willy Mason and I singing “Whispering Light (Undressed?)”: http://youtu.be/IZooPT3DaSI

    The Pledge campaign closes Feb 3rd. No pledges will be accepted after that. So get them in now!!

    To all of you who have pledged already, thank you kindly!! If you are happy with what you have been seeing and hearing thus far please feel free to spread the word! Time is running out on the Pledge Campaign, and every bit of gossip is bound to help. Thank you!!

    To join Hoop’s Undress PledgeMusic Campaign, please visit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/undress

    Hoop Supporting Shearwater! Upcoming Tour Dates:

    I haven’t played in a band for years. A month or so back Jonathan Meiburg, ring leader of Shearwater, asked me to open the shows for their West Coast tour and what’s more … to play in his band! Jonathan is a spectacular songwriter and overall musician. He is a great lyricist and I really look forward to singing and playing along with him as part of his band. This is bound to be an adventure! Also, Shearwater have put out a new record called Fellow Travellers covering songs by artists that they have toured with. Jonathan was sweet enough to use an excerpt from my song ‘Deeper Devastation’ from The House that Jack Built to open the record.

    Read and listen to it here: First Listen: Shearwater’s ‘Fellow Travellers’ here

    Find out more about Shearwater here

    Tickets for all shows available here

    THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY – Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ, US
    FRIDAY 7TH FEBRUARY – The Echo Los Angeles, CA, US
    SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY – Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA, US
    THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY – Mississippi Studios Portland, OR, US
    FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY – The Media Club Vancouver, BC, Canada
    SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY – The Crocodile Seattle, WA, US
    TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY – Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT, US
    WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY – Hi-Dive Denver, CO, US
    SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY – The North Door Austin, TX, US
    WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH – The Earl East Atlanta, GA, US
    THURSDAY 20TH MARCH – Cat’s Cradle Back Room Carrboro, NC, US
    FRIDAY 21ST MARCH – Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC, US
    SATURDAY 22ND MARCH – The Bell House Brooklyn, NY, US
    TUESDAY 25TH MARCH – Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA, US
    WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH – Divan Orange Montreal, QC, Canada
    THURSDAY 27TH MARCH – Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON, Canada
    FRIDAY 28TH MARCH – Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI, US
    SATURDAY 29TH MARCH – The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL, US
    TUESDAY 29TH APRIL – Botanique Brussels, Belgium
    THURSDAY 8TH MAY – La Salumeria Della Musica Milan, Italy

    Hoop Supporting Iron and Wine:

    I am counting my blessings again as I anticipate reuniting with Iron and Wine for another set of dates. This time in Florida; short but sweet! Find out more about Iron and Wine here

    Tickets available here

    TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, US
    WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY – Ferguson Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL
    THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY – The Social, Orlando, FL
    FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY – Curtis Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL SATURDAY 1ST MARCH – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra, FL

    Hoop’s Performance for eTown:

    It was my pleasure to hop on up to Fort Collins, CL to tape the eTown radio show with hosts
    Nick and Helen Forster. Everyone in the eTown crew was really lovely, and the audience was a delight to play for. Videos from this performance will be available on my Facebook, Twitter and YouTube soon, so keep your eyes peeled for them, but for now you can stream the show via podcast or by following the link below. You can hear Hoop’s performance via podcast, or click here to stream the show 8th-14th January.

    Watch Hoop’s performance of ‘Born To’ for the show

    More information on eTown can be found here

    Hoop Playing Grammy Show in L.A:

    Hoop is delighted to announce that she will be performing at an invite-only pre-show for the prestigious Grammy Awards in L.A. at Village Studios later this month!

    New Press

    New press from Yorkshire Times and AnalogRevolution.com can be found here

    That is all for now folks… until next time! Enjoy these first days of the New Year! Oh, and hey… did I mention that I made a new record… a new, new record? Of all new songs?

    I’ll tell you more about that soon!!

    Yours Truly,

    Ms Hoop x”

  • 8th January 2014

    Hello Good People !!

    I am happy to announce that Undress now features artist extraordinare and dear friend one Mr Guy Garvey lead singer of Elbow on song Murder of Birds. Murder of Birds was the song that brought me to the UK and through Guy himself. I met Guy for the first time over the phone. He called to interview me for his radio show Guy Garvey’s finest hour on BBC 6music. I was in the bath when he called ;-) His interview was one of my favourites of all time and was just, well, a great conversation. We made steadfast friends. I was based in LA at that time working on a record and I asked Guy if he would sing on this song Murder of Birds. He agreed. I sent it to him through the wire. This long distance collaboration is what makes up the original version. For the recording of this new version.. we are sat together in a circle, in the living room, he and I and our friend Tom Goodwin, playing it all together. It was performed and captured in the simplest way possible. This recording is a lovely snapshot of a great friendship in a place where we share great fondness and admiration for each other and the power of music and poetry.

    All for you !!

    Thank you dear pledgers.. I hope you enjoy it !

    jes

    x

    You can Pledge on this campaign here

  • 9th November 2013

    Hoop with Placebo and Willy Mason

    Life has a way of surprising you. When I got a call from lead singer of Placebo, Brian Molko, to discuss dueting on their new single ‘Too Many Friends’, I must admit… I didn’t know who he was, nor did I know of the band Placebo! Well, I had heard ‘A Friend in Need’, but I couldn’t tell you where I had heard it, or who it was by. Regardless of my ignorance and having looked into them a bit I agreed, and with much curiosity, took the gig. I say “with curiosity” because, well, Placebo and I seem worlds apart and I couldn’t say with any confidence that I felt sure that the Placebo crowd would embrace me. You see, along with singing this tune with the boys, I was to open their shows in New York City and in Los Angeles. Fortunately, the extremely excited Placebo audiences were very gracious with me. I stayed side of stage to watch what now goes down as one of my favourite ever concerts. Not knowing any of their songs, but loving their musical expression and watching the boys spin the crowd in frenzy after frenzy. It is easy to see why there are Brian lookalikes in the crowd! He has that kind of magnetism. The Placebo show put me into an altered state… just what music should do. All this, and the boys are lovey, lovely people.

    Performing with Placebo:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-chattman/a-sides-with-jon-chattman_b_4169969.html

    How did I get so lucky to have so much this month? If you don’t know Willy Mason.. you are missing out.
    Willy reminds me of a young Johnny Cash. He has this strong, solid, deep voice. He is charmed and charming; a totally likeable person. He is out right now touring his new record ‘Carry On’, so check out one of his shows if you can. I was happy to lend a voice for his session at KCRW, linked below:

    https://showyou.com/v/y-3ROzhso5Sjk/willy-mason-performing-talk-me-down-live-on-kcrw?c=music

    Iron and Wine Support Tour:

    I am a long-time fan of Iron and Wine. The Album ‘The Shepherd’s Dog’ has facilitated many a spring-clean in my home… even in winter! I like to play it loud and let the music clean the top notes of my environment. I am so happy now to be here travelling with Sam Beam and his Iron and Wine outfit. We had our first shows in Missoula and Salt Lake City, and what great fun they were! We are driving through the mountains now headed to Denver. All is well on the Hoop front.

    Friday 8th November Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE
    Saturday 9th November Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
    Sunday 10th November Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
    Monday 11th November The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

    Two free tickets will be given to one lucky winner for each show! To enter the competition, go to Jesca’s Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/JescaHoopMusic ), join the event for the show you would like to win tickets to and post something on the event wall. The winners will be announced on Facebook on the day of the show.

    Tickets for all shows available at: http://www.jescahoop.com

    Pledge Campaign

    I am currently running a campaign as part of Pledge Music for my next release, “Undress”. To pledge for exclusive videos, pictures, releases and much more, please visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/undress

    My Top 5 Live Performances of All Time: http://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/863-jesca-hoop-reveals-5-favorite-live-recordings-of-all-time

    And how I like to unwind:
    http://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/872-5-artists-tell-us-what-they-do-to-relax
    My premier Pledge Update, concerning this month’s newsletter image:

    “Hello Good People
    First off thank you, Thank you Thank you for your pledges !!
    I am happy to say we are in full creation mode. Not just sonically but visually as well. I have completed my first session and I have three songs in the can for Undress !! Two absolutely fantastic guest artists, who shall remain nameless for the time being, joined me on the recording of Whispering Light, Feats of the Heart and Tulip. They brought whole new lives to the songs in simply brilliant fashion. This is sure to be a very welcomed unveiling. For now, lets show you the Cover Art which was created by my dear friend Melanie Knott. What a talent she has. Thank you again dear pledgers.

    jesca hoop
    x”

    Other Voices Season 11 Album

    I performed at Other Voices Festival in Derry, Londonderry earlier this year and my tracks “Ode to Banksy” and “Deeper Devastation” from this performance are included on their Season 11 album. You can access this on Deezer here: http://smarturl.it/OtherVoicesS11V1 until 22nd November, when it will be available on iTunes.

    “The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money & Health”, featuring Jesca Hoop!

    I was honoured to be asked to join a further 134 contributors in The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money & Health. The book is being published by TC-Helicon, and is due to be released both in stores and as an e-book in January 2014.

  • 14th October 2013

    Hoop’s Latest Pledge Music Campaign Has Now Been Launched!!

    “It is my pleasure to announce the release of my latest effort in the making which i have titled ‘Undress’. It is my aim to bring to you my dear listeners, something simply beautiful, simply raw, live, candid and translucent. Undress is a chance to capture these stories in the most up close and personal way possible… second only to singing them for you at your bedside. Simply Gorgeous”

    For more information, and to pledge, please visit: Jesca’s Pledge Music Site Here

  • 8th October 2013

    Jesca’s CMJ show dates have been updated – see below for changes. Happy to announce I have just been added to the bill to support Placebo at CMJ and in Los Angeles. Please see below for updated schedule.

    CMJ:

    Tuesday 15th October (supporting Placebo):
    Terminal 5, New York City, NY
    Wednesday 16th October. Stage time: 10pm
    Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, NY
    Wednesday 16th October. Stage time: 1pm
    The Ace Hotel, New York City, NY
    This is a charity event; more info here: http://www.mymusicrx.org

    Los Angeles Show Dates:

    Friday 18th October (supporting Placebo):
    The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
    Immediately after (omnipotent Hoop!):
    Friday 18th October. Stage time: 10.30pm
    Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA

    All other dates are as initially listed:

    Headlining:

    Thursday 17th October:
    Red Room, Café 939, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
    (This show will be broadcast live here: http://www.thebirn.com/events/?event=2839)

    Supporting Iron and Wine:

    Tuesday 5th November:
    Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
    Wednesday 6th November:
    The Great Saltair, Magna, UT.
    Thursday 7th Novemeber:
    Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
    Friday 8th November:
    Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE
    Saturday 9th November:
    Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
    Sunday 10th November:
    Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
    Monday 11th November:
    The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA Tickets for all shows available a http://www.jescahoop.com/tour

    Hoop Standing in for Guy Garvey on his Finest Hour, BBC 6Music:

    To listen to “Hoop’s Finest Hour” which was broadcast on Sunday 6th October, please follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c8scp

  • 5th October 2013

    Find Jesca on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JescaHoopMusic
    Follow Jesca on Twitter: @JescaHoop
    Find Jesca on her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JescaHoop
    Jesca’s website: http://www.jescahoop.com

    “Hello good people!
    Happy October! Can you feel the wind picking up? I have been enjoying making lots of soup, and falling asleep to the blustery skies as the season shifts. Christ Almighty, it’s nearly Christmas … and there is still so much to do! So what adventures does October bring for the Hoopster? Well, first I am headed to New York City to play at C.M.J 2013. I love, love, LOVE playing in N.Y.C!(Details for these shows are listed below.)

    Next, I hop over to Boston to play a show at the Berkelee College of music that will be filmed and Broadcast live by BIRNCore on the world wide web . Very exciting! Catch it from the comfort of your own living room! Details below.

    Then, I head west to record a live, raw rendition of my sophomore album Hunting My Dress (I am going to be playing a show at Hotel Café while I’m there – see below). I have different sessions booked around the States with some brilliant artists to get my record done; exciting! For those of you who love Hunting My Dress, I hope you will enjoy these stripped back live versions… for that’s what it’s all about! I have named this record ‘Undress’. I will be releasing ‘Undress’ through Pledge Music, and shall reveal more as the project starts to congeal…

    After the recording, I shall be jumping on the Iron and Wine bandwagon for a week of live shows! I am especially looking forward to returning to The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. Life is looking pretty good… If I ever complain, sock me!

    At this very moment however, I am sat in my cosy Manchester home putting together a radio show for BBC 6Music as I will be standing in for Guy Garvey on his Sunday evening show “Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour”. The show will air this Sunday (October 6th) from 10pm to midnight!!

    All information on upcoming Hoop adventures can be found below, plus a few extra bits and bobs.
    Enjoy this brisk and colourful season everyone!
    Thank you all and hope to see you soon.”

    CMJ in N.Y.C.

    I get asked a lot when I am coming back to New York City to play… Well, I truly love playing in New York City, and am really happy to announce that I’m performing two shows during C.M.J. 2013! I hope to see you there. To find me at C.M.J. go to: http://www.cmj.com/marathon/cmj-2013-artists/

    Upcoming Tour Dates:

    CMJ:

    Tuesday 15th October: – The Leftfield, New York City, NY; STAGE TIME: 8.30pm
    (For more information, visit their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leftfield-NYC/149726048494442 )

    Wednesday 16th October:
    Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, NY; STAGE TIME: 10pm
    http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com/

    - CMJoyful MyMusix Rx ACE Hotel Sessions:
    The Ace Hotel, New York City, NY; STAGE TIME: 1pm http://www.acehotel.com/
    (For more information, visit their website: http://www.MyMusicRx.org
    Or follow them on Twitter: @MyMusicRx)

    Headlining:

    Thursday 17th October:
    Red Room, Café 939, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
    (This show will be broadcast live here: http://www.thebirn.com/events/?event=2839)

    Friday 18th October:
    Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA
    (Tickets for this show available here: https://www.hotelcafe.com/tickets/?s=events_view&id=2506)

    Supporting Iron and Wine:

    Tuesday 5th November:
    Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

    Wednesday 6th November:
    The Great Saltair, Magna, UT.

    Thursday 7th Novemeber:
    Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO

    Friday 8th November:
    Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE

    Saturday 9th November:
    Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

    Sunday 10th November:
    Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

    Monday 11th November:
    The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

    Tickets for all shows available a http://www.jescahoop.com/tour

    YouTube: Jesca Hoop and Andrew Bird Video Clip:

    I just thought I would share this with the bazillions of you who have not yet seen it… it’s just a little video that a member of the audience filmed of Andrew Bird and I singing “Oh Sister” by Bob Dylan. As lo-fi as this video is, I really love it.

    Jesca’s performance of Bob Dylan’s “Oh Sister” with Andrew Bird can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j16JH3MWVz8&list=PLQoa0uTuf9SFDIxNGN-sFJvHn29NOCbVH&index=1

    Recent Press:

    Lancashire Evening Post: http://www.lep.co.uk/what-s-on/music/my-music-is-like-swimming-in-a-lake-1-6068944

    Dream Blog:

    The latest instalment of Jesca’s Dream Blog “One Mean Labradoodle” can be found here:

    http://youareinnocentwhenyoudream.blogspot.co.uk/