March 22, 2016

To download a taster from the forthcoming album “The Exodus Suite”, here goes:

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March 21, 2016

Gemma Ray performs a handful of shows in conjunction with the release of her new album “The Exodus Suite” (out May 20th). For more details head over to the live page.

May 15th: HAMBURG, Knust (About Songs Festival) – Tickets.
May 27th: BERLIN, Columbia Theater – Tickets.
May 31st: LONDON, Servant Jazz Quarters – Tickets.


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First Shows of 2016 Announced

February 12, 2016

Gemma embarks on a 2 week tour of France in April, but also joins JSBX in March to  fulfil the rescheduled JSBX dates that were cancelled due to illness back in November. Some extras have been added.

March 2: DE, Wiesbaden – Raucherkammer (with JSBX)

March 3: AT, Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm (with JSBX)

March 4: CH, Zurich – Rote Fabrik (with JSBX)

March 5: CH, Lausanne – Les Docks (with JSBX)

March 6: FR , Lyon – L’Epicerie Moderne (with JSBX)

March 8: FR, Toulouse – Le Bikini

March 9: FR, Grenoble – La Belle Electrique

April 14: FR, Clermont Ferrand – Le Baraka

April 15: FR, Périgueux – Le Sans Réserve

April 16: FR, Limoges – Le Zic Zinc

April 17: FR, Le Havre – Le McDaid’s

April 18: FR, Paris – Espace B

April 20: FR, Rouen – Le Kalif

April 21: FR, Lille – Le Biplan

April 22: FR, Strasbourg, Le Mudd Club

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November 25, 2015

Gemma composed the soundtrack for the German comedy film Vorstadtrocker (directed by Martina Plura), which gets its TV premiere on NDR in Germany on Thursday, Nov 27th at 10pm. More details (and stream) here:,sendung447534.html

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Love & Other Crimes: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood

September 23, 2015

On October 25th, Gemma will be performing at the Barbican, London at a concert celebrating the genius of Lee Hazlewood.   Curated by Wyndham Wallace and Ed Harcourt, the concert will also feature Mark Lanegan, Josh T PearsonAdrian Utley (Portishead), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds), Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Tom Herbert (Polar Bear), Matthew E. WhiteCaitlin RoseLawrence (Felt), Kathryn WilliamsFran Healy (Travis), Gemma Ray, Flo MorrisseyDuke GarwoodJoe Gideon and Patrick Watson.





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November Dates with JSBX

August 5, 2015

Gemma will join The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for a run of dates in France, Spain and Belgium.

November 3rd: (BE) Antwerpen, Trix

November 4th: (FR) Paris, Le Gaîté Lyrique

November 5th: (FR) Bordeaux, Le Rocher de Palmer

November 6th: (ES) Bilbao, Santana 27

November 7th: (ES) Madrid, Joy Eslava

November 8th: (ES) Barcelona, Bikini

November 9th: (FR) Toulouse, Le Bikini

November 10th: (FR) Lyon, L’Épicerie Moderne

November 11th: (FR) Grenoble, La Belle Electrique

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Concerts en France, Juillet

June 21, 2015

8 summer shows in France. Dates below, more info on the Live page.

July 28th: PARIS, L’International

July 29th: EVREUX Gibert Joseph (12.30 daytime)

July 29th: BERNAY, Les Terrasses de l’Abbaye

July 30th: ROUEN, Le Rêve de l’Escalier

July 30th: ROUEN, Les Terrasses du Jeudi

July 31st: BORDEAUX, Festival Relâche # 6

Aug 1st: PERIGUEUX, La Démothèque

Aug 1st: CHIRAC-BELLEVUE, Festival Jungle Blues

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Lead Belly Fest @ Royal Albert Hall

June 3, 2015

Gemma plays the Royal Albert Hall on June 15th as part of Lead Belly Fest, playing 2 Lead Belly songs solo, plus joins the cast for the finale in a line-up that includes Van Morrison, Billy Bragg and Jools Holland. Tickets here:…/lead-belly-fest/default.aspx

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Netherlands Shows this month.

April 1, 2015

Gemma jumps straight from her current North American tour to do 4 dates in Holland. Check out the dates below (and head to the live page to buy tickets).

April 22nd: Haarlem, Patronaat

April 23rd: Rotterdam, V11

April 24th: Groningen, Der Spiegel

April 25th: Hengelo, Heartland Festival @ Metropool

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A Week of Wim Wenders

February 13, 2015

Gemma has proudly taken part in the restoration of the the early works of legendary film maker Wim Wenders. A making-of documentary by Wim, entitled “Restoring Time” (and featuring an appearance by Gemma) was unveiled this week and can be seen HERE.

Wim Wenders was this week awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the Berlinale Film Festival, and Gemma performed at the celebratory event held in his honour. Photos to follow soon.

For more information on the restoration project, visit

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North American Tour Announced

December 3, 2014

Gemma tours North America in March/April 2015, as special guest to Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Dates below.

March 26 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
March 27 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
March 28 – W.O.W. Hall – Eugene, OR
March 29 – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA
March 31 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
April 1 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
April 3 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
April 6 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
April 7 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
April 8 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
April 9 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
April 10 – The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI
April 11 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
April 14 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
April 15 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
April 16 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
April 17 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
April 19 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN

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European Tour 2015 Announced

November 26, 2014

The 2nd European leg of the Gemma Ray “Milk For Your Motors” tour is happening in early 2015.  See below for the dates. More  shows and ticket links will be announced very soon.

Jan 16th: NL – Maastricht, Muziekgieterij *
Jan 17th: NL – Utrecht, Tivoli *
Feb 1st: ES – Zaragoza, CC Delicias **
Feb 2nd: ES – Castellón, Sons **
Feb 3rd: ES – Valencia, El Loco **
Feb 5th: ES – Barcelona, Antiga Fabrica Damm **
Feb 7th: ES – Madrid, Teatro del Arte **
Feb 8th: ES – Alicante, Teatro Arniches **
Feb 26th: DE – Hamburg, Prinzenbar
Feb 27th: DE – Oberhausen, Druckluft
Feb 28th: DK – Copenhagen, Spillestedet Stengade
Mar 3rd: DE – Leipzig, Neues Schauspiel
Mar 4th: DE – Frankfurt, St. Peter
Mar 5th: DE – Bonn, Harmonie
Mar 6th: DE – Erfurt, Museumskeller
Mar 7th: DE- Reutlingen, Franz K
Mar 10th: AT – Vienna, B72
Mar 11th: HU – Budapest, A38
Mar 13th: CH – Thun, Mokka
Mar 14th: CH – Zurich, El Lokal

* with Low
** with Ned Collette + Wirewalker


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November 15, 2014

Gemma will play twice at the forthcoming  Drill Festival, the Brighton festival curated by Wire and headlined by Wire, Swans, Savages, and British Sea Power between Dec 4th and Dec 7th.

Gemma plays on Dec 5th at All Saints Church (Hove) (onstage 7.30pm) and on Dec 7th at Komedia Studio Bar (onstage 9.30pm).

Buy weekend or day tickets here:

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BTR Hear And Now Session

November 11, 2014

Watch Gemma perform a solo version of “The Right Thing Did Me Wrong” , filmed at Lowlands Bar, Brooklyn by BreakThruRadio’s Hear And Now Sessions. Click HERE

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Gemma on Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

October 1, 2014

Gemma and band visit the BBC in Manchester today for a live session on Marc Riley’s show. Starts at 7pm GMT, through til 9.

You can find out more and tune in here:

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Milk For Your Motors Reviews

September 23, 2014

The press world has had some laudatory words to say about Gemma’s new album, so if you haven’t heard it yet, here’s a selection below to talk you into it.

“unpredictable and inspired…a series of remarkable musical tableaux”MOJO **** (Album of the Week) read here

“ She digs deep and dark to create an infectious gothic pop reminiscent of Nick Cave”SHINDIG *****

“Resonates with passion, lust and an exceptional sense of gripping melodrama. An extraordinary addition to an already impressively idiosyncratic catalogue”AMERICAN SONGWRITER ***** read here

“Dramatic, passionate, razor-sharp and enticing”LOUDER THAN WAR ***** read here

“a collection of noir-ish surf-doom ballads and expansive pop-exotica fans have come to expect from this creative shape-shifting artist”ALLMUSIC **** read here

“Insanely great”BUST**** read here

“Fresh and unsettling. A perfect master of noir-pop”MOTHER JONES**** read here

“Gemma ray will charm and seduce”CULTURE COLLIDE **** read here

“Innovative and indispensable…It’s the sound of the past, the sound of now and …. the sound of the future”THE QUIETUS read here

“There’s a compelling cinema to Ray’s songs”CLASH

“Mysterious….creepy….” – NPR listen/read here

“A confident chanteuse with a searing six-string” DAILY EXPRESS *****

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Gemma Interviewed in The Quietus

September 3, 2014

Read an in-depth interview with Gemma by Wyndham Wallace for The Quietus HERE!.

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Gemma Ray- MOJO Album of the Week and Full Album Stream

August 18, 2014

Gemma’s forthcoming album gets an exclusive full album stream preview, in its, erm, weekly Album Of The Week feature. Read all about it below:

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New Video Premieres on The Quietus and Culture Collide

August 14, 2014

Two videos new videos have been unleashed in the last week for your eyeballing please.

Head over to THE QUIETUS to see, hear and read  about the new Shake Baby Shake video, directed by Patrick McCarthy (German friends, you may opt for ROLLING STONE).

And  head over to CULTURE COLLIDE to see, hear and read about a stripped down version of new song Desoto, filmed backstage in Paris by Sebastien Brodart.



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