A CANADIAN singer-songwriter who has been compared to Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell will perform in Wharfedale next month.

Jane Siberry, who cites Van Morrison and Miles Davis among her major influences, will play at Otley Courthouse from 8pm on Friday, December 7.

With a career spanning thre decades, Jane has released 14 studio albums and performed on concert stages around the world.

Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success. The follow ups - The Walking, Bound by Beauty and When I Was a Boy - and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists.

Her songs have been covered by numerous top artists, notably fellow Canadian k.d. lang who has created memorable versions of Love Is Everything, Haint It Funny and The Valley.

Jane has also collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel.

Her recent albums Ulysses’ Purse and Angels Bend Closer have been released to great acclaim and she will be performing tracks from these, alongside her classics, at the Otley show.

The artist’s original approach extends to her choice of performance venues and she previously launched a series of ‘private salon’ dates where she was invited by music fans and communities to play, literally, in their front rooms.

She will be supported at the Courthouse by Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Nicola Hardman.

Tickets cost £16 and can be booked by visiting www.otleycourthouse.org.uk, calling (01943) 467466 or popping into the Courthouse, on Courthouse Street.