2004 Friends persuaded her
Urged on by friends Julie returned to “performing in public” in 2004. One of her earliest performances was a small spot at The Komedia Theatre in Brighton in Barb Jungr’s Café Prague.
Julie has been singing jazz, blues and folk music with a variety of musicians (depending on the invitations she receives) and solo on occasions. Julie plays guitar and piano. From time to time she is a guest singer with the Dave Fellingham Big Band and more recently has been performing jazz, blues and popular standards with Swingbandit. She has performed in a number of charity concerts.
Julie has performed at numerous festivals including Broadstairs, Brighton Fringe, Streatham, Arundel, Shoreham Wordfest, and Windsor Fringe.
In the Brighton Fringe Festival of 2008 Julie teamed up with performance poet, Leonie Mansell, to perform a show they called Airs and Disgraces. This interleaved punchy poems and sassy songs around several themes. From time to time the duo have perform excerpts from this show.
Because she loves singing Julie has for many years also sung in choirs -
Julie has made three CDs. See link above.
Julie Roberts is a versatile singer, but happiest with jazz and blues and the great song standards -
Singers and musicians she admires
include singers Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Antonio Carlos Jobim,
and musicians Mark Edwards, Mike Piggott, Raul D’ Oliveira, Bob McKay, Dave Fellingham, Malcolm Mortimer, Herbie Flowers, Michael Hinton . . .
Her favourite song-
Perhaps Julie’s most challenging singing is with this prestigious Big Band which features several of the UK’s top bandsmen.
Julie is seen here singing with the Ziz All Star Big Band (later renamed the Dave Fellingham Big Band), 14 February, 2007, Brighton.
Julie Roberts singing with the Dave Fellingham Big Band in the Uckfield Festival 28 March 2009
A memorable and distinctive voice
I love that dark smoky voice . . . She's really brilliant. . . really sophisticated . . . a great singer." -
We hear many equally enthusiastic comments after Julie’s gigs.
Julie’s work with Michael Hinton The “intro” page of this website gives details of Julie’s work with jazz pianist, Michael Hinton, along with some samples from a demo CD that you can hear immediately.
Julie’s background For the past ten years Julie has performed around the south east of England in concert halls, music clubs, pubs, restaurants, an art gallery, and many festivals.
She has performed solo with guitar or keyboard, in a duo, with small groups of musicians and big bands.
Julie’s voice, Michael Hinton’s piano playing
Julie has worked with pianist, Michael Hinton, only since January 2016 but this is proving to be an exciting collaboration which enables Julie to sing the great blues, jazz, and popular standards from the swing era to the present day -
Contact: For contact details for Julie and Michael click here