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 performances 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, who appear in Doncaster tonight, 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.
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 voice at the age of 22, she got serious about recording her stories in her beautifully haunting songs.
Tickets are £13 and can be booked on 01302 303959 or online at Cast in Doncaster