Her official site states that she ‘is known for her original and adventurous musical vision and her independent journey has contributed to new models for operating as a musician.’
According to Wikipedia her music ‘is most commonly compared to artists such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson. Her music has drawn from a wide variety of styles ranging from new wave rock on her earlier albums to a reflective pop style influenced by jazz, folk, gospel, classical and liturgical music in her later work.’
Jane Siberry (1981) – folk-influenced
No Borders Here (1984) – electro art-pop/rock
The Speckless Sky (1985) – art-pop
The Walking (1988) – multi-layered, complex/ethereal conceptual work
Bound By The Beauty (1989) – acoustic, accessible, Country & Western and Latin influenced
When I Was A Boy (1993) – co-produced by Eno, spiritual themes, funk, dance, gospel influence
Maria (1995) – jazz-influenced, includes 20-minute conceptual track
Teenager (1996) – songs she wrote as a teenager
A Day In The Life (1997) – largely a sound collage of a day in New York
Hush (2000) – acoustic covers of American/Celtic folk and gospel music
City (2001) – compilation of rarities, non-album tracks
Shushan The Palace: Hymns Of Earth (2003) – Christmas album
Three Queens Trilogy:
Dragon Dreams (2008)
With What Shall I Keep Warm? (2009)
Meshach Dreams Back (2011)
Since The Walking is the album of most relevance here, a few more Wiki quotes about the album might be in order:
‘her most conceptually ambitious work to date… a complex, diffuse and demanding set of intricately structured songs… a surreal amalgam of progressive rock and Laurie nderson-style performance art narratives… Siberry was now being marketed as part of the ‘high art’ end of rock music, alongside artists such as Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel…’
Interestingly, The Walking was considered unsuitable for airplay by Toronto progressive radio station CFNY.
She opened for Mike Oldfield when he premiered Tubular bells II in Edinburgh in 1992, although at the time the gig was disastrous for her because the crowd apparently laughed loudly through much of her ‘dreary folk’ set. This was the response in an interview the following year: ‘I didn’t actually get booed off the stage; the crowd was talking and lighting fireworks, so I left – then they booed.’ and ‘The record company… thought that I’d deliberately sabotaged this gift of opening for Mr. Boob-ular Bells…’ Miaow!
In addition to producing one of those albums, Eno is also reported to be a big fan of her work. Peter Gabriel invited her to his Real World Records Week during the nineties as part of ‘a select group of musicians from around the world’
So, a well respected musician with an eclectic discography (pop, ethereal, folk, techno, jazz, world, spiritual) but really only one full album of interest to prog fans. I’d have no objections if the Crossover Team wanted to do an eval, but personally I think she might be a stretch even for Prog Related. That’s just my opinion of course, anyone else got any thoughts? Thanks for the suggestion though and thanks for helping to educate me on an artist I previously didn’t know.