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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Wednesday 10th June 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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The Breretons

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Formed in 2010, Kent based folk/country artists The Breretons are set to emerge on the London music scene this year with a string of live dates and a debut album scheduled for release in the Autumn. Born from the ashes of London based rock outfit The Original Sinners, the brother/sister duo Marc and Charlotte are returning to their folk roots, playing heartfelt story telling songs of rare poetic quality. Their haunting harmony vocals are accompanied by Alex Metcalfe (piano), Kirsty Mangan (violin), Jim Cox (drums) and Pete Clements (bass).

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Pete Metcalfe & Paul Stepto

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Pete Metcalfe and Paul Stepto are Kent-based song-writers. They both sing, play guitar and mandolin and while Paul adds ukulele to the mix, Pete is an accomplished dobro player. As well as their own material, they also perform songs from the folk, blues and jazz traditions, in addtion to reworkings of the odd pop song. They have a CD available called 'STUFF'.

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Nick John Wilson

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Born with left side Microtia, Nick picked up the guitar from his folk playing parents when he was seven years old. 

His uncle played drums with Suzi Quatro in the seventies, so music has always run in the family. 

Nick started to sing and produce his own songs at eighteen having honed his blues, rag finger style and soulful rocky tones. 

He ran a studio for three years and in 2013, now with time to focus on himself as an artist, released his debut EP followed by his debut album early 2015. 

Nick aims to be out and about more than he ever has been, to promote himself, record label, charities and good music. More info online.


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