Kirsty Almeida

Kirsty Almeida

 Manchester, England, GBR
BandFolkAcoustic

"Norah Jones does Sgt. Pepper's, Nightmare before Christmas meet New Orleans"

Kirsty Almeida is a brilliant songwriter and live performer. Her debut Pure Blue Green was produced by Youth and received rave reviews.

"A timeless spectrum of soul, folk, blues and sumptuously intricate voodoo pop"

Biography

"...a gorgeous collection of brilliantly written and performed songs...add to that a voice that is by turns delicate and storming, personality that seeps out of every seam and you have an artist and an album to treasure. Delicious."
The Daily Express

Kirsty Almeida’s music (like her life) is magical, the kind of radiant soul-revue sophistication that’s been gone so long it suddenly feels brand new; crystalline vocals untouched by meddling sheen, live instrumentation tinkling across your synapses, the glowing warmth of classic song-writing pulsing like amber jewels. Her debut album, ‘Pure Blue Green” is a timeless spectrum of soul, folk, blues and sumptuously intricate voodoo pop beamed through the prism of her gifted seven-piece band. Signed to the legendary Decca label in the summer of 2009, ‘Pure Blue Green’ was produced by the mythological Youth. The result, is sublime, gracious, lusciously melancholy and inspirationally uplifting.

"The variety of musical moods, the understated intelligence of the writing and the pure joy of the execution make this, surely, one of 2010 exceptional debuts."
Paul Taylor, Manchester Evening News

Born in the UK, brought up in Gibraltar, she traveled the world as a kid (Venezuela, Singapore, Florida, the Philippines, amongst others). “Music was the only place that felt like home, always.” She’d also been painting, sculpting and crafting forever, using these talents to create the artwork for her album. She also, naturally, finds colours in chords and blends them together exactly as a painter would.

2010 saw Kirsty and her band The Troubadours playing all the major UK music festivals as well as a headline tour.

“…she's an artist who has to be seen live to be appreciated…it's on stage, with her band in full bawdy flow and the birdcage juddering, that she flourishes.” – The Guardian

"…Almeida's live shows where a cabaret-meets-soul-revue atmosphere of energy, color and good vibes is summoned by a taut seven piece band swinging big and forceful one minute, sweet and tender the next. Highly recommended." Direct Current

Kirsty was also commissioned to write and record tracks for two independent British films “Pategonia” and “Albatross”. Her collaboration with fellow Mancunian resident Mr Scruff resulted in a hugely successful remix - “Pickled Spider” which was released on the Ninja Tunes label.

Kirsty’s single “Late At Night” will be released early in 2011.

Lyrics

If You Can't Make Me Happy

Written By: Kirsty Almeida/John Ellis

If you can’t make me happy
Gonna get me another man
If you can’t make me happy
Going to find me one who can

See, I’ve got my cuts and bruises
Gonna walk away the blame
And if you can’t make me happy
Gonna walk away again

Why can’t you see what we’re doing to me?
Why won’t you go?
Leave me walking alone
Why won’t you go?

If you can’t make me happy
Gonna walk away the shame
If you can’t make me happy
Gonna walk away the pain

Why won’t you see what we’re doing to me?
Why won’t you go?
Leave me walking alone
Why won’t you go?

I saw a world in you
I found a world for two
That showed me all of who I am
Time and again, and again
You leave me walking alone
It’s always the same, it’s the same
Somehow kisses show
Won’t you go?

If you can’t make me happy
Gonna walk away the blame
Cause I’m tired of cuts and bruises
Gonna walk away again
If you can’t make me happy
Gonna leave the way I came

(Old) Josie Brown

Written By: Kirsty Almeida

I was only nine or maybe ten,
mama said, “go be a friend”,?for the old, old lady...down the road,
so every Thursday after school
I'd buy her tipple of alcohol
for old, old Josie...down the road.
I'd have to knock a special knock,
so's not to give old Jose a shock
and she'd peek at me,
through the letter hole.
She'd say, "My, how you've grown.
The week must've flown."
Dear old Josie Brown.

So I'd go in and play the piano
the dust would fly from the musty hammers
the keys were as yellow,as her tooth
and we'd dance around the living room
where colour came to paint the gloom
and she'd smile at the reflection of her youth.
We'd dream the star I'd be one day,
the concert halls,
the shows I'd play
and she'd wave at the princes waiting there.
She'd say, "You'll have a ball.
You'll have it all."
Dear old Josie Brown.

But then one day, just after four,
I knocked the knock on Josie's door
and the echo filled my heart
with grown up fear.
I broke the window, squeezed right in
climbed the tower of ivory gin
to the old, old lady...lying there.
I shook her once, I shook her twice,
called her name, hands of ice
but my friend Josie, didn't stir.
They said old Josie's gone, but for this song.
Dear old Josie Brown.

...now look how I've grown,
the years sure have flown,
Dear old Josie Brown.

Sweet Ole Love

Written By: Kirsty Almeida

Sweet Ole Love

Pleased to meet you
Feel real free
I’m glad to see you’re here.
Sail a biscuit in your tea
Or pour yourself a beer.
What a week my day has been, I almost missed the show.
I searched the stars, I searched within I rummaged down below.
But I’ve misplaced my heart
Where’d she go?

Charlie boy, my first real love
His eyes were pure blue green.
And everywhere that Charlie went, well I was usually seen.
We went to sleep in love’s new charms and woke up with the dawn.
But sweet new love had gone
And so had I, so had I.

I fell in love with loves own face
There was nothing I could do.
I drank a field, I drank a case but I got drunk on you.
It hurt me so to feel this cold; the remedies I tried.
I wish a brand new heart would grow so I’d feel warm inside.
But sweet old love has gone. Sweet ole love has gone.
Sweet ole love has gone
And so have I.

Lately, the walls came in, the ones around my mind.
There’s too much, too much to think these days.
There’s just far too much time, time, time, time.
Too much time.
She took my heart, right from my bones and left me cold and here alone.

Scares Me

Written By: Kirsty Almeida

It Scares Me

Dark shadows often fall,
Throws faces on my wall,
That don’t scare me at all because shadows never bother me.
But then this moment arrives,
When my confusion is oh so clear,
Your lips are right next to mine -
It scares me.

Too many broken nights,
Bust lip, black-eyed delights.
Oh those parental rights
But no-one ever hurted me.
And yet this carriage arrives,
And though its dripping with golden fear,
You’re lips are right next to mine
And it scares me.

But sweet talk September, back to spring.
My mind forgets things
But my heart don’t miss a thing.
And you’re my September when you frown.
So cold like December, but your heart don’t let me down.

And then we turn it back around and then it’s gone…

Storms rage and old winds blow,
Shifts thoughts from long ago,
Stares right into my soul
But darkness likes to follow me.
And then your honesty shines
And as the truth comes and smiles at me,
though your love is sublime -
It scares me.
Oh it scares me.
It scares me.

Cool Down Rewind

Written By: Kirsty Almeida

Well I wonder, just what might have been
Had I said “yes” to more than friends -
Would the world seem quite as cold, as it does right now?
Would the emptiness I was feeling then
Slip away with saying yes back when -
Would colour come and paint my life somehow?

Cool down rewind -
Spend a little time
I could make you laugh
You could make it rhyme
We could watch the sun go up, go down, go up, though time.
Cool down rewind -
Watch a flower grow
Make it all go slow
Just watch every moment as each moment blows,
Cool down.

If I tell you what I’m thinking now
Could we just rewind the world some how?
Cause my heart just won war against my head.
Kind of feels like you’re so right, right now,
Just walk and talk and breathe it out,
Let a world of colour flood back in.

Cool down rewind -
Spend a little time
I could make you laugh
You could make it rhyme
We could watch the sun go up, go down, go up, though time.
Cool down rewind -
Watch a flower grow
Make it all go slow
Just watch every moment as each moment blows,
Cool down.
Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah.
Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah.

Well I wonder, just what might have been
Had I said “yes” to more than friends -
Would the world seem quite as cold, as it does right now?
Would the emptiness I was feeling then
Slip away with saying yes back when -
Would colour come and paint my life somehow?

Cool down rewind
Spend a little time
I could make you laugh
You could make it rhyme
We could watch the sun go up, go down, go up, though time
Cool down rewind
Watch a flower grow
Make it all go slow
Just watch every moment as each moment blows,
every moment as each moment blows - Cool down.

Discography

Spider (single) Decca 2010
Pickled Spider (single) Ninja Tunes 2010
Pure Blue Green (album) Decca 2010
Pategonia film (6 soundtrack songs) Verve Pictures 2011
Albatross film (2 soundtrack songs) CinemaNX 2011

Set List

all original tunes 1 hour set or 2 x 45's - adaptable. Set List - It Scares Me, Sweet Ole Love, Wouldn't You like to, Shine all your Light, Gather Round, The Circle Song, Catch Me if you Can, Dear Josie Brown, Wrong Mister Right, The Waltz, The Ballad...