Gemma Khawaja is a singer & guitarist from the Midlands, now based in North Norfolk, playing and singing traditional songs of the British Isles and creating her own songs inspired by rural poets, mythology and folklore. Gemma's arrangements of traditional songs emphasise the universal stories and themes found in folk traditions and sensitively draw out the richness and beauty of the old melodies.
Gemma is the winner of the 2013 Islington Folk Club Trad2Mad unaccompanied song competition.
*"...Performs traditional English songs and ballads and her own compositions with captivating authority..."
"Folk in minimum frills, maximum thrills style. Folk club organisers pay attention"!* ** fRoots March 2016**
"Powerful, unpretentious and rooted"
*Mike Harding March 2016* * "Gemma has an honesty of expression, a quality that’s indelibly imprinted on her vocal cords. Such Mortal Sport is highly captivating and absolutely compulsive listening"*
*Folk Radio UK May 2016*
"...the listener cannot envisage a more satisfying treatment from Gemma’s hands and voice"
Folk Radio UK June 2018
"...a striking singer whose expansive pacing and clear traveller influences stand at the opposite pole to Millennial Blandfolk"
fRoots Magazine Autumn 2018