hey new york: bridget st john.

many new yorkers are sure to have lost their hearing after the catskills all tomorrow’s parties and a flurry of other loud (my bloody valentine) shows in the area. well, here is a quiet show to calm your tired heads. british folk legend bridget st john, who is famous for having had john peel start a label to put out her music in the early 70s, has lived in greenwich village for decades but she still doesn’t get the props she deserves. there is nothing wrong with small clubs, but this woman deserves to be doing town hall or lincoln center at this point — or st ann’s. anyway, it’s still a rare treat to have her performing, and you can see her next week at the stone. this being new york, there is another show on later, so be sure to get there early. we at chickfactor have long believed that bridget is worthy of a vashti bunyan (or larger) style revival (here is an interview from our 12th issue) and have had the pleasure of having her play at our events many times. these photos are from our london festival “mon gala papillons” for which she wrote a beautiful original song.

photographs: gail o’hara