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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Pre-Order ‘Milk For Your Motors’

July 2, 2014

Milk For Your Motors is out on August 26th on LP, CD or download, but you can pre-order it at any of the links below, or at the Gemma Ray shop. You will receive an mp3 of Shake Baby Shake immediately. Read the label press release below for more information.

iTunes  / Record Store / Rough Trade / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (DE) / Amazon (US)


Full track listing below.

1. The Wheel , 2. Shake Baby Shake, 3. Buckle Up, 4. When I Kissed You, 5. The Right Thing Did Me Wrong, 6. Long Live This Life,  7. Desoto, 8. Waving At Mirrors, 9. Motorbike, 10. Out in the Rain, 11. Rubbing Out Your Name, 12. Old Love , 13. You Changed Me (bonus).

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New album announcement and free track, exclusively in today’s MOJO

June 11, 2014

The new album , Milk For Your Motors, is out on August 25th. Pre-orders and more info coming soon. Meanwhile, pop over to Mojo,  for their take on new tune Shake Baby Shake:

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Dates with JOHN GRANT

May 16, 2014

Gemma is pleased to announce that she will be heading out for a run of UK dates with the wonderful John Grant.

June 22: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Royal Shakespeare Theatre. TICKETS.
June 23: LEEDS, Irish Centre. TICKETS.
June 25: CAMBRIDGE, Junction. TICKETS.
June 26: BOURNEMOUTH, The Old Fire Station. TICKETS.

There is also an extra  solo show on June 24th in Sowerby Bridge, at the intimate Puzzle Hall Inn.

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Gemma plays Berliner Festpiele ‘Ein Tag fur David Bowie’

May 15, 2014

Gemma will play a song at Berliner Festpiele ‘Ein Tag fur David Bowie’ on Sunday , June 15th.

Details here:

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The Quietus Exclusive Feature on the Death Disc

April 19, 2014

Read an interview with Gemma, and listen to Motorbike, at The Quietus, here:

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DEATH DISC: A Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive!

March 11, 2014

BR36 : GEMMA RAY “DEATH DISC” featuring ALAN VEGA. Super-limited 7” picture disc. 750 copies.

 A brand new splatter platter from Gemma Ray!! The “Death Disc” features two teenage tragedies in song form. Motorbike is a hard-hitting road-killing tearjerker that rolls noisily into the night with a helping hand from………Alan Vega of Suicide ladies and gentlemen. B-Side Waving At Mirrors is a warning cry to all vanity drivers and sounds like it could’ve been recorded in  Nashville’s Music City Mortuary. And with  picture disc art created by celebrated Aussie artist Lucy Dyson , it’s too gorgeous to stash. Buy it, play it, rip it, frame it!!

News Just In: Gemma will be performing  an exclusive RSD in-store at  the insitution that is David’s, Letchworth, England. 3pm, April 19th 2014.

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Gemma Ray & Filmorchester Babelsberg photos

January 31, 2014

Here are some photos from the concert in Potsdam last Saturday with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg.
Everything was captured onto tape, so watch this space…

more photos on Gemma’s Tumblr

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January 8, 2014

Gemma Ray is proud to announce a special concert with Filmorchester Babelsberg at Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal Theater (near Berlin) on Saturday, January 25th 2014. For tickets and more info, click HERE. All tickets are seated.

This concert will exclusively preview songs from the forthcoming album (details TBA), which also features Fimorchester Babelsberg. Audience members will get to hear these songs for the first time, as well as favourites from Island Fire and Lights Out Zoltar! .

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“Down Baby Down” live in Berlin this Wednesday

December 2, 2013

On Wednesday December 4th, Gemma will be performing her fantasy soundtrack album “Down Baby Down” for the first time in its entirety, with special guests.
After the interval she will be playing an extra special solo set of songs, both new and old.
Two concerts in one!
Starts 9pm sharp. Doors 8pm

Gemma Ray
Thomas Wydler
Wilhelm Stegmeier
Maria Goja
Caoimhe McAlister
Nikko Weidemann
Andy Zammit

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