Abi sings because she has to. With songs that scream for the people who have no voice, shout from the other shore to keep going, moan for the end of the world, pray for someone to listen.
Abi sings because she has to. With songs that scream for the people who have no voice, shout from the other shore to keep going, whisper to tired working mums, moan for the end of the world, pray for someone to listen. A gifted songwriter, she is also a natural poet.
"Lying half-awake one night, I suddenly heard this new guitar sound - like the progression of what Rev Gary Davis might do if he'd gone on to play soul, rock n roll and punk. I thought, why has no-one ever done this?"
That was enough to inspire fourteen years of honing and sharing her art, guided by the music of Rev Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Nina Simone, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and countless others. She has enthused numerous audiences and students along the way, and post-lockdown her talent is blooming, delighting her fans.
Her song 'Cry' features on the charity album 'Music Minds' alongside artists such as Glenn Tilbrook, Graham Gouldman and Tom Robinson.
Abi is also an internationally recognised teacher of traditional African American blues and folk music, regularly teaching at Euroblues' workshops.
Her poetry has been published in the critically acclaimed anthology 'Eighty Four' (Verve Poetry Press).
She's frequently accompanied by long-time collaborator Dan Wilkins on drums and percussion.