Where: Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham

When: July 10

Following the release of her new single Palomino in April, boundary pushing Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes has been touring the UK: the maverick alt-folk musician ends her tour in Corsham next month, when she will play trackss from her acclaimed 2015 album Bones + Longing.

Bones + Longing is now the Tipperary native’s fifth album and the third to be released on her self-established Chasing Dragons record label (along with former albums Hollow Of Morning in 2008 and Let It Break (2011)). In a breathtaking 13 year long career that began with the Mercury Prize nominated, Night On My Side , in 2002, Hayes later went on to scoop the prestigious Meteor award in Ireland for her magnificent The Roads Don ’ t Love You in 2006.

Over the years, the experimental artist has turned her hand to create music of all genres from blissed out folky ballads, to anthemic lo-fi pop rock and dreamy shoegazing noise attacks with stunning conviction, earning her a definitive renegade reputation.

Gemma said: "You never know when you head out on tour what the vibe will be like, how the gigs will be received so I'm delighted with the response.

"I’ve been on the road with a four piece band playing the bigger venues in the cities. I’m just bringing a couple of the band to Corsham, so we’ll do something much more raw and intimate. Performance wise it keeps me on my toes as there’s nowhere to hide.

"I've never been to Corsham so it's always fun going to a new place. I do know that the town and the surrounding countryside is incredibly idyllic. And I love to take my music to a new audience whenever I can get the chance to go somewhere new.

Bones + Longing encompasses all of that but locates it in an ethereal ambience of its own, like loud makes played quietly. Recorded in Shankill, Dublin, Strong Room Studios, London, and Black Box Studios, France, it was produced by longtime collaborator David Odlum (The Frames, Josh Ritter). Guitars were played by Gemma and David Odlum, various keyboards and backing vocals by Romy.

So far in 2015 Gemma has been busy in Europe, where Bones + Longing has just been released, including TV and radio sessions in Paris and Berlin. This video clip of her and Joe Chester performing a version of Chris Izaak’s Wicked Game, previously a radio hit for Gemma in France, was filmed in the Chapel at the Centre Culture Irlandais especially the French fashion website MadMoizelle.com -


Gemma has also recently contributed vocals to the upcoming single from Above & Beyond, a track entitled Counting Down The Days.