Following from her critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘redisCOVERed’, US-based Welsh singer-songwriter and pianist Judith Owen has announced a set of October UK dates, where she will be showcasing her unique interpretations of classic hits as part of her ‘Ego Non Karaoke – I don’t do karaoke’ shows.
“I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I last toured the UK,” says Judith. “I’ve travelled the world in support of ‘redisCOVERed’, (and even learnt to swear in multiple languages), but nothing compares to coming home and sharing the new songs and stories with my British fans and friends…”
On redisCOVERed, Judith garnered critical praise for her reimagining’s of a diverse catalogue of tracks (Soundgarden’s breakthrough hit ‘Black Hole Sun’, Grease’s ‘Summer Nights’ and Deep Purples’ ‘Smoke on the Water’ to name a few) with the Daily Express saying she “has the ability to make a song her own,” in their four star review of her album. Judith’s talent stretches beyond the musical, her ability to empathise with a song and its writer allows her to place herself within its story, turning its narrative on its head and completely changing the meaning behind the lyrics.
Her biggest test was seeing herself within the very modern hip-hop of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’.
“I said to Harry [Shearer, her husband], ‘choose the most extreme thing; something contemporary that you would think I could not relate to,’” she says. “But of course, I can because I’ve been in that place where I was constantly waiting for the phone call that would come from the guy who would call me only when there was no one better to be around. That song became more of a torch song. That’s absolutely a woman’s song if ever there was one.”
Judith’s live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans like fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of her onstage prowess: “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done.”
Joining Judith on these shows will be master percussionist Pedro Segundo, who the Sunday Times’ describes as “the master of ‘less is more’.”
Catch Judith Owen at Acapela, Cardiff on October 20th, 2019.