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Quiet Riot Grrl

Thea Gilmore plots a folk-rock revolution on the cheap with great songs and $60 videos

Gilmore met Avalanche producer Nigel Stonier during her internship, and both a professional and private relationship grew. Stonier has become a key cog in the Gilmore sound and touring band.

"Nigel plays a massive part in everything I do. He is the first to hear new songs, the only one who understands totally where I'm coming from as a writer and a person. We really are more of a duo in a lot of ways. He influences everything I do." He has also colored her music with a few loops and some interesting synthesizer parts that add appeal without glossing over what is in essence a fairly rough and vigorous sound.

The uncompromising singer has never been to the States. But, she says, "I have never been looking forward to a tour as much as I am this one. Apart from most of my musical and literary heroes being from the U.S., I've always felt that, as a musician, Americans are much more open and much less likely to write me off as just another girl with a guitar."

For this Gilmore girl, the American folk of Woody Guthrie is heavier stuff than the English "pretty maids in a cornfield" variety.
For this Gilmore girl, the American folk of Woody Guthrie is heavier stuff than the English "pretty maids in a cornfield" variety.

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Tuesday, March 16; for information, call 713-528-5999
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk

The centerpiece of Gilmore's maiden U.S. tour is South By Southwest in Austin, and she's not quite sure what she expects in the Live Music Capital of the World.

"I'm trying not to head out there with any preconceived ideas. I suppose big is probably the word that pops into my head most when I think about it. When I try to think about just how big Texas is, my brain turns all mushy and I have to think about something simple, like whether to have fish and chips or chili for dinner."

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