Sadie Jemmett, Galtres Parklands Festival, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, August 24

Sadie Jemmett Picture: Simon Hilton

Sadie Jemmett Picture: Simon Hilton

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SADIE Jemmett was to have played the Galtres Parklands Festival at Duncombe Park today.

Instead, the London country-blues singer, songwriter and single mum with the North Yorkshire past will perform there on Sunday evening.

Sadie, who was brought up in a hippie lifestyle at Botton Village, Danby, near Whitby, is used to a life of change and movement, so she takes the alteration of her Galtres spot in her stride.

"I'm playing on Sunday night now as they've switched me, and it's a much better slot," says Sadie, who will be staying with friends in York, where she last visited to play a House Concert on June 21.

She is on the move in her domestic life in London too, re-locating this summer with her daughter Thalia – named after the muse of idyllic poetry and comedy – to Stoke Newington.

The London life as a working mother is flavouring her new album, whose recordings began in the "very magical" Abbey Road Studio 2 before Sadie was on her travels again. "I took the recordings down to a little studio in an oast house, deep in the Kent countryside where, for the next year or so, I worked on and off with my good friend and producer John McBurnie," she says.

The album is yet to be given a release date – it may be next February – but already change is afoot. It was to have been called These Days, named after the opening track, but Sadie is having second thoughts.

"I haven't decided yet but it's an album of songs that I've written over the last four or five years, so a lot of them have London references, like London Love Songs and Five Things That I Noticed As I Walked To Camden Square," she says. "So I'm now thinking of changing the title to London Love Songs."

It could be argued that such a title would be too narrow when seeking a wider audience, but these are songs of London with a broader emotional reference.

"It's been an amazing experience, for my daughter, growing up in London, and I've had a juice stall on Camden Market and I've had various other market stalls to keep myself," says Sadie. "They've been rich experiences, with my daughter as this little urchin running around under the stalls."

Thoughts turn to her own childhood days at Botton from the age of 13 to 16. "My mum, who's very free spirited and bohemian, was working there as part of the Camphill Special School for adults with learning difficulties," says Sadie. "I learnt so much from being there. Often children don't like anything that's 'different ' or 'strange', but it was a really valuable experience for me, and to this day, I've done music and drama workshops for people with learning difficulties and I always find it a joy to interact with people.

"Just being out on the moors in my childhood was pretty amazing, and my heart still leaps every time I see the moors."

Sadie Jemmett plays Galtres Parklands Festival, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, on Sunday at 7.45pm. For more information on Sadie, visit sadiejemmett.com

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