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For Jelly Cleaver, music is her philosophy and her therapy. Her debut album, ‘Cure for an Existential Crisis’ is a collection of four folk suites and one song to explore the crisis of living and the fear of death. Heavily inspired by the singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 70s like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley, she draws from Americana and Psychedelic rock as well as traditional English folk songs. Having started playing the guitar aged five, she plays over ten different instruments on this album, including recorder, harmonica and mandolin. Her unique finger-picking style on electric guitar is the backdrop of the album, but there are also luscious arrangements for strings, flutes and horns. Singing in pubs and sitting in on folk share circles around County Durham while at university, she is adept at penning songs for lost loves and charming audiences with her ethereal voice. She combines her ponderings on existential philosophy with Romantic poetry and traditional folklore, set to a chamber folk soundtrack.
Her debut album has already received critical acclaim, being featured on Muzikalia, one of the largest Spanish music blogs, and her single 'Ode to Morrissey' has received extensive radio play in the both UK and USA, as well as being included in FATEA Magazine's Winter Showcase.
In her band ‘The Follies’, she supported artists like The Hooziers and The Pigeon Detectives. Her single with the band ‘Dream Jazz Collective’ was named one of Jazz Standard’s top tracks for April 2017, and they completed a UK tour in early 2017. As a solo artist, she has performed at several festivals, including Dart Festival, Loud Women Fest, and the prestigious Great British R&B Festival.
Funk the Fear feature - "There’s something a little magical behind the eyes of Jelly Cleaver. Something almost tangible. With the music of Esperanza Spalding and Jeff Buckley ‘practically in [her] blood’, she combines transcendent, yet comfortingly natural vocals (clearly mirroring her general being), with exquisitely masterful jazz guitar to create something quite beautiful. But hand-in-hand with such beauty comes a social awareness that filters increasingly undiluted into her work, giving her music grit and power."
Funk the Fear feature