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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Tuesday 24th June 2014

Headline Act: Luke Jackson

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Luke is a rising 19 year old Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. 

With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making ripples on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady, Chris Wood, Steve Knightley, Karine Polwart and Oysterband. Last autumn he made his debut in Scotland, winning praise for a stand-out voice, songwriting skill and stage presence that completely belies his years.

His debut album More than Boys, produced by the acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph, launched at the  Shrewsbury Festival, has been receiving plaudits from critics and airplay on numerous radio stations and 2014 sees the release of his accomplished follow up album, Fumes and Faith, which Luke has co-produced with Cardiff-based American record producer Mason Neely It’s a belting roots and blues infused album of 11 original songs and his voice is richer, his fan base is bigger and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival.

With a wealth of finely-observed narrative songs, The album emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the scene!

“A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence” – Mike Harding

“A fantastic voice,  a great year and a terrific new album” - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

“For a while after Nic Jones and Chris Wood there was a big gap and you wondered where the next generation was coming from – now Luke’s the next guy” – John McCusker

“A huge talent is emerging” – Acoustic Magazine

“An affecting and highly promising debut album – one to watch” – Daily Telegraph

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Cracks In The Land

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Cracks In The Land are a band with a love of tight grooves, 3 part harmonies, big melodies and guitars. Their influences meander from Fleetwood Mac to Crowded House, detouring to make no two musical journeys the same.

The band formed at the end of 2013, had a few lineup changes, produced an E.P. “Beautiful Parade”, supported Cutting Crew, appeared in several festivals, radio and played gigs in London and Berlin. In 2014 with the arrival of Bill and Ben :), on guitars and percussion the sound was complete.

With a big bag of original songs, they will be recording early in 2016 but at the moment are having a blast gigging and experimenting with live sound. 

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Cracks In The Land are Bob Melrose - guitar,vocals, Meya Rein - vocals, Ben Armstrong - percussion,drums, Bill Burke - guitar, vocals.

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Osia Seal

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Born in 1994 in Horsmonden, Osia Seal is a singer/songwriter/musician based in Tunbridge Wells. Self taught from the day he was big enough to hold a guitar he draws on influences from all genres of music. Some of his favourite artists include Ray LaMontagne, John Martyn, Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Vedder. His ambition is to share his music and inspire as many people as he can.


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Mother of Pearl

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Mother of Pearl is an experimental rock band based in Kent and Sussex. Taking influences from artists such as: Led Zeppelin, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, PJ Harvey and The White Stripes. 

Formed in May 2013 Mother of Pearl have been scouring the local music scene playing original material and the occasional cover in their live shows. Plans for the future are to release a debut EP in 2014.

Quoted as “They sound a little like 'Siouxsie and the Banshees' met a funky band and had a jam session” Mother of Pearl are unique to the music scene with their raw and organic approach to song writing and pushing the boundaries of contemporary experimental rock. Crazy eyed front woman Kay brings her quirky lead vocals accompanied by a four-piece band of ingenious musicians and songwriters to create distinctive original music. 

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