Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jessica Cahill has been described by her former mentor, legendary gurdyist Nigel Eaton, as “one of the best hurdy-gurdy players in Britain, with a superb driving style”. As a singer she looks for traditional songs which speak to the human condition across the centuries. “People sometimes tell me I made them cry, which I love.”
She has developed an improvisational, experimental approach, rooted in the folk tradition but collaborating and searching outside of it. She currently plays with double bass player Pete Marsh, The No Frills Band, and The Low Road (for Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label).
She was previously with experimental folk duo Salt & Blue with cellist Jakob Kaye and has guested with numerous musicians, including Firepit Collective, Babar Luck and Florrible & Misrabella, the outfit that later became Florence & The Machine.
Her first album, “Long time have I been waiting”, was released on 1st December 2011 to great reviews, and received extensive airplay on folk radio.