Gabriel Moreno is Gibraltarian singer-songwriter, currently based in London. An irresistibly engaging performer, he combines a latin exuberance and passion with a rare lyrical calibre (he is also an accomplished poet, with 12 books published to date). Performing on nylon string guitar and accompanied by pianist Ned Cartwright, he creates a live experience that has been described as ?Taberna Folk? – at once both energetic and intimate, anarchic and absorbing.
He has thrilled audiences across South America, the USA and Europe, including recent sets at UK festivals Wilderness, The Great British Folk Festival and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, and has been championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music?s Cerys Matthews, with his sonorous baritone and poetical lyrics often seeing him compared to such luminary wordsmiths as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Bill Callahan.
Moreno?s unique artistic voice lies in the meeting and fusion of different identities. Born and raised in Gibraltar, a British territory bordering southern Spain and just 8 miles from Africa, he has since lived and performed across the world, absorbing influences from music, literature and art everywhere he went. Now considered one of the most compelling and distinctive artists in London’s thriving folk and roots scene, he was previously the longtime curator and host of the legendary Lantern Society folk club, and in 2022 was awarded the title of Cultural Ambassador of Gibraltar.
Moreno won the Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival in 2019, and although the Covid-19 pandemic forced a temporary hiatus for many artists, he could never let his creativity stagnate; 2023 sees the release of his 3rd album since the start of the pandemic, Wound in the Night, with an accompanying packed touring schedule across Europe, as well as a second book of poetry in that time entitled Heart Mortally Wounded by Six Strings.
??Wound in The Night? is an absorbing and engaging listen. At times on this album, he is the ideal person to fill the void left by Leonard Cohen.? David Pratt, Folk Radio UK.
“An offshoot of Leonard Cohen and Neil Diamond – I love it! ? The guitar is beautiful? Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
“It is the tonal breath of Scott Walker, the application of Leonard Cohen, and the beauty, even undercover mischief in the form of sexuality that was given credence by the subtly of the likes of Patti Smith, that makes Gabriel Moreno stand out in a field of observational greats.” Ian D. Hall – Liverpool Sound and Vision
“What sets Moreno apart from his contemporaries […] is his ever-intriguing use of the English language to address socio-economic issues” Loz Etheridge, God is in the TV Zine
?The songs tread a path between Folk, Latin and cabaret torch song. It?s an oddly effective mix which forms the perfect bed for Gabriel Moreno?s distinctive voice -a blend of Leonard Cohen, Peter Sarstedt, and dare I say it, Rex Harrison.? Trevor Raggart, RNR magazine.
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Wed 25th October, 2023