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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Sunday 22nd February 2015

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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Chris Pope

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Emerging on the local singer/songwriter scene over a decade ago after a number of years playing in cover bands, Chris was quickly hailed as “an inspiring modern day troubadour who pens lyrics of real substance and meaning.” His music was described as “touching on themes and experiences that people are genuinely able to relate to and which capture the attention of his audience from the very first note, whether listening to him live or on one of his recordings.”


10 years later despite a long battle with tinnitus, the above remains as true as ever but with the added depth and insight that another decade of life experience brings. He has played regularly in the UK as well as at the fringe at SXSW and a number of venues in around Dallas and Austin. He is also one of the very few artists to have been played every Local & Live festival.

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Ollie Collard

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Ollie Collard is a singer and guitar player from Kent, combining the lyrical prowess of Frank Turner with the feverent drive of Bruce Springsteen. Much more than your average folk artist, Ollie proudly wears his influences on his sleeve, writing passionate songs to life, love and loss. After initially starting out solo, with just an acoustic guitar for company, Ollie now plays with percussion and backing vocals from Dan Potter & Livi Middlemiss, demonstrating a remarkable talent for the anthemic. From the epic melancholy of 'To Sleep', to the roaring singalong of 'Mary and Maria', expect tales of cheap whiskey and late nights to blow your hangover away.

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Hannah Coles

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Hannah Coles is a 19 year old singer. Singing from a young age, Hannah has sung in a variety of venues, ranging from local pantomimes and school talent shows to St Paul’s Cathedral and BBC’s Songs of Praise with her school choir.

Now that she is in her gap year and her school exams are far behind her, she is looking to start dedicating more time to her singing so that she can begin to further develop her own style, taking inspiration from a wide number of artists of various genres.

Music has always been a beloved hobby, but as a newcomer on the song writing scene she hopes that she can now share her passion for others to enjoy as well.

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