The War on Trevor (WOT) is a narrative piece of music depicting the plights of a luckless London lad whose life unravels in 1 day. Drawing on recent incidents of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was killed by police when he was misidentified as a bomber and Moazzam Begg, the British Pakistani imprisoned for being suspected as a terrorist, the WOT speculates on the emerging Kafka-esque reality of trying to live in a culture increasingly disabled by fear and retribution. Musically, the WOT is a mix of guitar interludes, accordion, double bass, cello, drums and clarinet with 4 song sections The Miranda Warning , Signal Failure , The Shami Chakrabarti Blues and The Banks of the Arghandab . We never hear Trevor or ascertain his guilt or innocence. Instead, Trevor is mute, blank slate on which various people project their phobias, pathologies and revenge. The WOT is not Gillespie s 3rd album. It is a project awarded by the Female composer/songwriter launched by the PRS
About the Artist
Sarah Gillespie was born in London to an American mother and British father. She grew up in Norfolk, England interspersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz. From the age of 4, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the USA, busking in the streets and playing gigs. On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics And Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Supporting Ian Dury s band The Blockheads at Ronnie Scotts one night, Sarah met the saxophonist and composer Gilad Atzmon and Gilad went on to produce Sarah s critically acclaimed debut album Stalking Juliet (Egea). Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4 s Woman s Hour, played festivals, jazz clubs, venues and Arts Centers across Britain and toured in Europe. Described by Rock n'Reel as a bracingly eclectic mix of Beat poetry with jazz, folk and Middle Eastern elements Sarah s music is a sonic reflection of the contemporary London street, a melting-pot mix of urban-folk stamped with her trademark lyricism that knits everyday banter with raw poetry. Sarah s quartet features Gilad Atzmon on accordion, clarinet and sax, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on double bass. Sarah also writes occasional political papers published on various news websites and regularly organises fundraising concerts. She also paints, writes poetry and hosts songwriting workshops. She lives in London.