Mention of the legendary Bridget St. John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the Sixties and Seventies would have echoed to her distinctive voice.
Her impressive voice is deep and resonant. It’s a voice made for melancholy, and you can’t argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn, or her own work. An accomplished guitar player, she credits Martyn and Michael Chapman as her ‘musical brothers’.
Born and raised in London, Bridget St. John made her first demo on a reel-to-reel tape deck owned by singer-songwriter Al Stewart. Within weeks she was recording her first BBC radio broadcast for John Peel. Peel took Bridget under his wing and there followed various other BBC radio and TV sessions as well as live performances. When Peel and business partner Clive Selwood formed their own record label, Dandelion, Bridget St. John was one of the first signings.
From 1969 she recorded three albums for the Dandelion label, Ask Me No Questions, Songs for the Gentle Man, and Thank You For… and became a mainstay of the booming UK college and club circuit. She continued touring in the UK until she made the decision to move to New York in the summer of 1976 – settling in Greenwich Village.
Bridget played prominent Village clubs – The Bottom Line, The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways – as well as college and club dates in the Tri-state area. She also appeared at Carnegie Hall and at Central Park opening for Robert Klein and Dion.
Bridget continues to write and perform, solo, or with Galen Ayers reinterpreting songs written by her father, Kevin Ayers, and most recently forming a band in collaboration with David Nagler, Annie Nero and Ray Rizzo.
Bridget St. John returns to the UK for short tours every three or four years to perform in small intimate venues.