Jessa is a versatile singer, known for her heartfelt performances and wide range of singing styles, from musical theatre and classic pop to comedy and unaccompanied folk songs. A creative performer, Jessa’s one woman shows such as “Some enchanted Sondheim”, “‘Til the boys come home” and most recently “Songbirds” have delighted and moved audiences at venues such as The Joseph Rowntree Theatre(York), Helmsley Arts Centre, Castle Howard and The National Centre for Early Music, and Jessa is a regular guest singer with the award-winning Shepherd Group Brass Band, as featured on their most recent CD, “In Concert 2”.
Jessa has continued performing online through 2020, with live charity concerts for Dementia Forward and St Leonard’s Hospice as well as online versions of “Songbirds”. Jessa and Malcolm were delighted to perform “Songbirds” to a live, socially distanced audience at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre on 20th December 2020.
Jessa’s isolated lockdown “fieldsing” performances have proved inspirational for many, and have been combined with Mick Liversidge’s outdoor poetry to create their latest joint project, “Fields and lanes”, which has now been performed several times – at Easingwold Library’s “Under the willow tree” setting, The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York, and most recently a livestream performance from Helmsley Arts Centre.
As well as bespoke programmes to suit your event, the following shows are available to book for your venue.
A wonderful journey of song, celebrating some of the most iconic female singers and songwriters of the 60s, 70s and 80s. From musical theatre legends Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand and pop sensations Carole King, Karen Carpenter, Kate Bush and more, to the hilariously clever comedy of Victoria Wood, this programme has something for everyone. Every song delivered by Jessa in her trademark style :- heartfelt, pure vocals with emotional conviction and entertaining storytelling.
“Lovely selection of songs and beautifully sung”
”Pitch perfect – just beautiful”
”Perfect rendition of Barry and Freda was absolutely hysterical!”
”Such a fabulous voice”
Some Enchanted Sondheim
Some of musical theatre’s finest melodies and lyrics, from “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story” to “Follies” and “Into the Woods”, from “Some enchanted evening” to “Send in the clowns”. Songs of longing, love, loss and hope. The songs intertwine to demonstrate the magic of both composers, with stories of how they inspired each other.
“A wonderful evening of music, informal and informative.” Neil Foster, BBC Radio York
“Magical…well known songs complemented by many more that enchanted, amused and moved the audience…a musical evening, but also high quality theatre.” The Flanagan Collective
“Convincing character and mood portrayed effortlessly in every group of contrasting songs, delicate, powerful, desperate, emotional, superb technique, impeccable intonation from start to finish,” Ruth McCartney
‘Til the Boys Come Home
Wartime women; their lives, loves, songs and stories.
An evening of nostalgia, emotion and a little humour as we pay tribute to the women of WWI and WWII. A treasure trove of moving and uplifting songs are intertwined with poems, diaries and letters written by some of the unsung wartime heroes – the women. Also available as separate WWI and WWII shows, “Keep the home fires burning” and “Keep smiling through”.
“Lovely take on the theme with the focus on women’s lives. Poignant, moving and beautifully told – stunning performance.” Kate Lock Golden Rail Brass Band