“In the dark times will there also be singing? asked German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht.
The answer in the case of London-based singer songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore is an emphatic ‘yes’ - her heartfelt, ‘human touch’ songs seem almost made for these times.
She weaves together some of her best work from the past five years in the rich and retrospective tapestry Are You Listening? to be released on July 31.
Known for her open and searingly honest ‘no hiding place’ songs, her previous life as a Harley Street therapist seems to permeate her songwriting - well-crafted, compassionate tracks exuding calmness and not a little spirituality.
Her clear bright vocals and thoughtful lyrics decorate the 11 tracks which draw on new treatments of songs from her prolific back catalogue as well as two brand new songs and an impressive cover of Leonard Cohen’s anthemic Hallelujah.
Saskia’s career change happened after what she refers to as “a full on epiphany moment” on a retreat in 2013 when she realised singing was what she really wanted to pursue. After closing her London practice and handing over her clients she moved to the West Country and started out as a busker, travelling and eventually returning to the capital. Since then she has regularly toured the acoustic music scene across the UK and Europe.
Are You Listening? is the first in a two album record deal struck with America’s Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Inc. and arrives hot on the heels of her autumn 2019 album Baez, Dylan and Me, recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios.
Susanne Marcus Collins says: “The timing of this album couldn’t be better for the times we find ourselves in - it is calming, uplifting, and inspirational. I am honoured to be a part of its creation.”
The collaboration is the result of two women sharing a passion in creating quality acoustic music mirroring the style and capturing the energy of the great legacy folk artists.
Along the way, critics have noted shades of artists from Norah Jones to Joan Baez, Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell in Saskia’s evocative songs.
The much-travelled Saskia says: “Around half the tracks on this album were actually written inside my camper van.” The songs, recorded at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, flit between folk, country, Americana, blues and pop in an album that is deceptively simple yet powerful in its directness with strong themes of love, friendship and empathy.
Described as a ‘completely old school acoustic album’ it sees Saskia joined by talented musicians Daniel Ian Roberts (guitar), Thomas Holder (double bass), Ali Petrie (piano) and Gabriella Swallow on cello.
Gentle guitar opens the album with the title track – a soothing and moving song about reaching crossroads and making choices - questioning if we always take the time to listen.
In Time, both poignant and hopeful, advocates letting go of the past and looking to the future while the ballad These Hours (co-written with Clive Gray) is a joyous paean to long-lasting friendship. Written for a special friend, the song enjoys an unusual guitar arrangement by Australian singer songwriter Cooper Lower.
The Presence is a poetic, country-style song with a ‘live for today’ message. Likening it to a stage performance, it also wonders about the future “Out the door, I peek into what is yet not known.”
The first of the new songs is the buoyant Best of You. Featuring soft classical guitar, mellow piano and double bass, it contains a heart-warming, feelgood message about kindness and being the best you can be.
By contrast the second new number Come Comfort Me is a graceful but raw and affecting song about searching for support during the darker times in life.
Bring it Down is a mesmeric, stream of consciousness song looking at life and love with a mix of memories and questions while modern folk ballad Write Me a Song is about a world-weary, forgotten man: “There’s nothing you can take from a man already gone”’ and After offsets the pain of separation with a hope to meet that person again and wishing them a good future.
Starting life as a poem the delicate and emotive Wash It Away is another country-sounding song likening our lives to the ebb and flow of water: “Like a flower that blooms once/In life’s enormous dance we’ll be washed away”.
The album ends with the time-honoured classic that is Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah- the haunting anthem given a careful and elegant treatment by Saskia. She says “This is the first song I ever sang in public and my love of it has never dwindled.”
Due to the current climate, tours scheduled for Spain, Germany, Holland, the USA and Canada have been postponed.
Says Saskia: “I want this album to be available, even if I can’t tour it the way I usually would. Music has perhaps never been as important as it is right now so we decided to go ahead with the release as planned and hope the songs may echo with people and in a small way offer some solace in these difficult times.”
A showcase for Saskia’s burgeoning songwriting skills, managing to be both simple and sophisticated, thought-provoking and restorative, Are You Listening? resonates on many levels and emerges as a balm for these troubled times.
The album will be available on July 31st, on CD, vinyl, and all streaming services.
The second CD under the two-album deal is due to be recorded over the summer, and will see Saskia returning to London’s Abbey Road Studios, with international release planned for the end of 2021.
To hear Saskia’s music go to: www.saskiagm.com
For interviews with Saskia, mp3s and hi res images please contact Jane Brace PR on (01243) 789554/ firstname.lastname@example.org
A transatlantic two album record deal has been struck between London-based
singer songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore and The Susanne Marcus Collins
Foundation, Inc– with the first (Are You Listening?) due for release in July
Saskia started her career as a Harley Street Craniosacral therapist until her life
as a performing artist took off in 2015. Since then, Saskia has released several
albums, EPs and singles and toured the folk and acoustic scene across the UK
BBC Radio regularly features Saskia’s songs and she has had premieres on The
Folk Show (Sky TV) and been interviewed on London Live TV as well as being
awarded grants from Arts Council England for touring and recording.
Hot on the heels of her autumn 2019 album Baez, Dylan and Me, recorded at
the famed Abbey Road Studios, Saskia will unveil her new album on July 31st.
Are You Listening? is a collection of evocative personal songs written by Saskia
and recorded at Fieldgate Studios in Wales.
The new collaboration is the result of two women sharing a passion in creating
quality acoustic music mirroring the style and capturing the energy of the great
legacy folk artists.
Susanne Marcus Collins says: “The timing of this album couldn’t be better for
the times we find ourselves in - it is calming, uplifting, and inspirational. I am
honoured to be a part of its creation.”
The second album, due to be recorded over the summer, will see Saskia
returning to London’s Abbey Road Studios, with international release planned
for the end of 2021.
Due to the current climate, tours scheduled for Spain, Germany, Holland, the
USA and Canada have been postponed.
Says Saskia: “I want this album to be available, even if I can’t tour it the way I
usually would. Music has perhaps never been as important as it is right now so
we decided to go ahead with the release as planned and hope the songs may
resonate with people and in a small way offer some solace in these difficult
The album will be available on July 31st, on CD, vinyl, and all streaming
- At the end of last year Saskia and a choir assembled from her fan base
recorded her song For You at Abbey Road Studios in partnership with
London charity Music for Mental Wealth. In these difficult days of self-
isolation it could hardly be more apt.
See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyk_Ydm63uo
If you have a home to go to, a door that's always open for you
Family and friends who know your name
Living in an ever after, spending all your time together
Knowing things will always be the same
And if you find that you've nowhere to go
All that you need is right here for you
For interviews with Saskia and hi res images please contact Jane Brace PR on (01243) 789554/ email@example.com
London based singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, in partnership with London charity Music for Mental Wealth, brought fans of all ages into Abbey Road Studios to record a new heart-warming single ‘For You’, due to be released on Dec 6th 2019.
On Monday 18th Nov, roughly 40 fans gathered on the steps of the iconic Abbey Road Studios for a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a record inside Studio 2, where the likes of Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Bastille, George Ezra, Kano and Miley Cyrus have all recorded recently.
This experience was made possible by London singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, who crowdfunded the event partnering with London charity, Music for Mental Wealth to create an uplifting day for everyone, recording and filming inside the world’s most famous studio.
“I wanted to bring everyone together from as many different backgrounds as possible and to involve a London charity, to offer a unique experience. ‘For You’ is an uplifting track with the message that we have everything we need for our lives already. The whole was incredibly memorable.” Saskia Griffiths-Moore
‘For You’ is a soaring ballad featuring Saskia’s inimitable vocals, piano, a string quartet, and then the real recordings of her makeshift choir.
Fans of Saskia travelled far and wide to attend the recording with people travelling from mainland Europe in order to attend the event, a contingent from Brockwood Park School in Hampshire, and attendees of all ages, ranging from 9 to 75 - one of which Molly Hill, will be celebrating her 10th birthday on the day of release.
London based non-profit ‘Music for Mental Wealth’, founded by Laura Westcott who attended the event, provides emotional resilience workshops and coaching based on neuroscience to musicians, managers and their teams to prevent mental health challenges. For more information about coaching or to make a donation visit: MusicforMentalWealth.com
Saskia Griffiths-Moore plans to release ‘For You’ on Dec 6th on all major streaming platforms, as well as the video made with the choir via her website: www.saskiagm.com and she can be reached at @saskiagmsings on social media.
The track is available to pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/saskiagriffithsmoore/for-you
For full press release with audio & video media, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For now, here's a cheeky sneak peak...
As many of you know, thanks to our sponsor JWC Guitars, and to the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter campaign, we were able to record a new album of folk music, inspired by the energy of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock 69, we recorded an album of Baez/Dylan songs in the historic and world famous Abbey Road Studios!
I'll let the images speak for themselves, save to say, we truly had an unforgettable time there, we spent every waking minute on the premises soaking in the atmosphere, the history and the creative energy of the place, and that I'm thrilled to be releasing this album into the world in autumn this year.
Proud to announce my next project at Abbey Road studios, sponsored by JWC Guitars!
In less than 2 months time I will head into those world famous studios to record the historic music of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
I am proud to announce this in partnership with JWC Guitars, on whose exquisite instruments I will be recording the entire thing!
I will also be announcing a kickstarter next week to fund the release of the album so watch this space!
In the meantime, here is an FAQ:
1) Which Baez/Dylan songs will you record?
Go VOTE* here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/452282048316315/permalink/1020077051536809/
*votes will be a rough guide, not a 100% guarantee, but I want to hear your thoughts!
2) Does the new endorsement conflict with the old one?
No, both Agnew Instruments and JWC Guitars are aware of one another, and are non exclusive. I feel this industry thrives on collaboration not competition, and I will continue to perform with both phenomenal instruments.
3) When are you recording?
End of May.
4) When are you releasing this album?
Kickstarter backers will get an early copy, but it's not scheduled for public release till September, which is a long time away, so pre-order when you can!
5) Why Baez and Dylan and not Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy?
Give it time!
Folk Radio UK put out the first review of Ocean of Stars! Find out what Peter Shaw says here: https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2019/03/saskia-griffiths-moore-ocean-of-stars/
Thanking Folk Radio UK for the glowing review, and premier of my new video 'These Hours'!
See here: www.folkradio.co.uk/2019/03/saskia-griffiths-moore-these-hours/
It's nearing my 4th anniversary as a full time musician! 🥳 SO I'm doing a little 'Did you know'....
- I lived in my van to make it work.
- I started out busking and STILL busk in London when I run out of cash (quite a lot of the time to be honest, especially in between tours)
- I shaved my head when I started
- I've raised £13K from the arts council and a whopping £19K on Kickstarter from individuals like you and me who care about the arts, and sold approximately 5K CD's
- I've managed to get my music videos played on Sky TV 6 times
- I'm self made. There are two sides to this, but in this case I mean I didn't go to Uni, I have no training in music, singing or business, I didn't have any startup money (actually started by maxing out a credit card to £2K to buy the equipment needed), and no-one encouraged me to do this. Actually when you tell people you want to do music they usually start to wrinkle their brows....and now when I tell people I do music they ALL say 'Ah, but do you make a living'? And while I take pride in being a full time musician, I'm not keen on defending the implicit assumption that it's unrealistic.
And do you know what IS unrealistic? For someone who loves music? To conceive of a life where music is not the centrepiece, one way or another, performing, creating, or listening and enjoying. I honestly don't know how people survive in this world without the joy of music to help them through.
Anyway, back to the topic...
- The other side of being self made is that I'm not really self made of course....what is an artist without an audience? I wouldn't have lasted 30 minutes without the people who've tipped me a coin, told me something encouraging, or pushed me to go beyond my limits. Or inspired me to. And nowadays, the people who've backed my kickstarter campaigns, come out to live shows, and helped me keep a roof (a real roof, not a tin one) over my head by buying all my merch. Or industry people putting me on, booking me for gigs, and helping to spread the word.
So here's the real reason I'm here this morning coming over all sentimental.
- Did you know...I live to share music with you? Sharing is the most important part of it.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.
So, HERE'S TO YOU!
And a fabulous, music filled 2019! 🎊🎉🎊
Let's take a walk through my 2018!
At the start of the year I was touring my album 'Night & Day' for the second time (Arts Council funded), taking it to newer and further out places... and it got wonderful reviews in some of the national circulars too... ***** "the sound of a major artist" RnR, **** Maverick Magazine, "Rising star of the UK folk scene" Music Republic Magazine
Mid spring I was delighted to have this video featured on Sky TV! (actually, ended up on Sky 5 times this year!)... The single was played on 13 BBC stations too, including national radio in Scotland ;) Which leads me on to my first Scottish tour! This was in April, and where I connected with the musicians with whom I would proceed to record the current album 'Ocean Of Stars' <3
Summer? Well festival Season! I was delighted to support Show Of Hands again at Lyme Folk Weekend, To play the Top stage at Keynsham Music Festival, proud to be invited to play Costa Del Folk Festival in Portugal with my lovely band, oh and the height of course being playing on top of Europe's tallest building - The Shard! Right at the very top, open air and everything! Had a lovely stint at the Troubadour in London, enjoyed Bristol Festival of Nature, the beautiful David Hall at South Petherton Folk Festival, and my first ever show at Hitchin Folk Club too. Oh! And....I was awarded my first instrument endorsement from Steve Agnew, which I have flaunted at every gig since ;)
And now for the autumn...as the seasons changed I began to crowdfund for the new album, knowing I was going to record in Scotland in October, and together we raised a whopping £7,500 (of initial goal of £3,500, which was reached within 5 hours of launching the campaign)! All set, I headed up to Scotland, wrote and recorded 'Ocean of Stars'.
Then all of a sudden, during halloween, my bag was stolen at the pub, and what did I do? I created a fundraising album, just for fans, and raised back the money needed to replace everything! It's called 'Lemonade' as an homage to turning something bad into something good, and is still available here.
And as the winter drew in in grey London, it stayed warm enough for me to busk in Trafalgar Square all throughout Christmas! I also managed to sneak a few gigs at the O2 ICON centre!!
So far on the cards is a 22 date launch tour for the new album in England (starting soon!), with the worldwide launch being 3rd March in London, and I'm currently booking a Scottish tour for May. NYC is also on the cards for April, and my team and I are preparing some mind-blowing video surprises to be released throughout the year! Festivals are booking in, we are making our debut in the Netherlands in June, and I plan to bring out more music, more energy, more shows and to reach many more people than ever before!
As you may have seen on my New Years Day Livestream (check my fb page), the thing I'm most grateful for is you. My fans and listeners. And all I want for next year is MORE!
Here's to a fabulous 2019!
Lots of love,
Today I got the final version of my new CD Ocean & Stars from producer Clive Gray in Scotland, and it's sounding immense!!! 🤩
I know it's a little premature, since no-one has heard it except me and him, but I want to take a moment to share a HUUUUGGGEEEE and public thank you to the musicians who made it possible! Calum J. Gordon, Neil Fraser, Nick Fry, Ali Petrie, Joseph O'Tweefe, Lukas Drinkwater, Jack Cookson 👏
I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved behind the scenes too (literally hundreds), and I'll put out a proper credit-post at a later date! Just wanted to focus for a moment on the musical talents of all these people I was incredibly fortunate to work with on this! :)
...we will be celebrating this new music with a 22 date tour in England next spring (Saskia GM // Ocean of Stars // 22 Date UK Album Launch Tour), with a launch in London on 3rd of March (Saskia Griffiths-Moore // Ocean of Stars // Album Launch Show), and I will start booking for a Scottish tour in May now.
This whole project was inspired by the creative community of the East Neuk of Fife, centred around Clive Gray himself, and it represents our combined efforts to blend people, countries and genre's together, and to be guided by our collective sense of beauty!
I couldn't be happier with how it's turned out, and I am jumping in my seat to share it with everyone next year!
Lot's of love as always.