Quirky singer Gabby Young is heading for Doncaster

2010: Gabby Young
2010: Gabby Young

Doncaster’s Cast is getting itself ready for the musical extravaganza that is Gabby Young and Other Animals, stopping off at the venue on Thursday 19 June at 7.30pm.

As famous for her extravagant costumes as her soulful voice, Gabby Young was on track to become an opera singer, until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams.

Now her flamboyant shows, affectionately termed Circus Swing by Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 2, have been likened to the colourful shows of Paloma Faith and Björk, while her classically trained voice is akin to that of Kate Bush or Tori Amos.

Gabby Young And Other Animals have always been more than just a band. They are an eccentric eight piece avant-garde fusion of globally-influenced folk combining Balkan brass, jazz and swing in an aural antiques shop from the future!

Fronted by their flame-haired singer, the group’s thoughtful, sophisticated songs continually switch direction, from cool guitar, accordion or piano-backed balladry to furious trumpet and trombone-backed workouts.

‘One Foot In Front of The Other’ is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2012 album, ‘The Band Called Out For More.’ The band’s first album, ‘We’re All In This Together’ was equally as lauded. On its release in 2010 it won over most of the UK’s major music critics.

Gabby’s unique perspective of the world around her is inspired as much by imagination as real events, but when thyroid cancer threatened to take her classically trained voice at the age of 22, she got serious about recording her stories. Using her recovery time to pen her melodies, Gabby took in global influences to fuel her heartfelt emotion, which shines through her beautifully haunting songs. ‘I feel blessed rather than afflicted,’ she says simply.

The band’s stop in Doncaster is part of an international tour for 2014 that has seen performances in the Middle East and the US (where she was invited to showcase at the prestigious SXSW Festival) as well as taking in performances in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain.

Tickets for this infamous live show are £13 and can be booked on 01302 303 959, or at castindoncaster.com. Definitely one not to be missed.