Liverpool Acoustic are proud to welcome back Canterbury-based folk and roots singer Luke Jackson to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery. Luke Jackson played at our first ever Liverpool Acoustic Live event as a 14 year old in February 2009 and has since developed as an amazingly talented songwriter and performer.
A rising star of the UK folk scene, last year saw 18 year old Jackson launch his “abundantly impressive debut album” [fRoots Magazine] ‘More Than Boys’ on Martyn Joseph’s Pipe Record label to widespread critical acclaim. This year Jackson was nominated in two categories at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards – the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent, and the Young Folk Award.
Joining Luke on Friday 28th June 2013 will be local singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Phil Chisnall. A performer with over 25 years experience, Phil has worked with bands, duos and solo, and has played at folk clubs, festivals and venues across the UK, including the new Floral Pavilion for the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Phil will be performing a solo set at the View Two. Completing the lineup is 18 year old pianist, singer and songwriter Luke Cusato, who made such a positive impact with the audience when he played at the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon in April that a booking for a slot at Liverpool Acoustic Live was inevitable.
The lineup for Liverpool Acoustic Live on Friday 28th June blends youth with experience and is set to be an extra special night.
Tickets are £6 in advance from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic or £7.50 on the door.
Doors open at 8.00pm and the music starts at 8.30pm, finishing no later than 11.15pm.
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Luke is a rising 18 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, Lucy Ward and Boo Hewerdine and playing Sidmouth, Bristol and Trowbridge festivals.
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.
Luke has also appeared on BBC South East TV, guested on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday,interviewed by Aled Jones, and received national airplay from such respected DJs as Bob Harris and Mike Harding. He was also one of the artists appearing at Lancaster University’s PipeFest, hosted by Martyn Joseph.
The 11-track debut album is a riff- layered “rite of passage” CD that draws inspiration from memories of childhood camaraderie; a lyrical real-time journey from adolescence to young adulthood – in songs that are by turns powerful, passionate, poignant and pop tinged.
A cache of arresting but honest, uncluttered narrative numbers it brilliantly conveys the free-wheeling freedom of youth – climbing trees with friends in Bakers Woods, scoring a Winning Goal, riding down the Big Hill on a bike with no brakes – and then changes tack with a totally unexpected insight into parents watching their children grow in the perceptive and graceful How Does It Feel? His lyric “now it seems like all my childhood songs have been sung” seems to underpin the whole album mirroring Luke’s own journey into what promises to be a “tipped for the top” future.
“A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence” – Mike Harding
“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
“ A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style – with wisdom and musical clout beyond his teenage years we’ll be hearing much more of Luke” – Spiral Earth
“A maturity beyond his 18 years reminiscent of a young Tim Buckley with a touch of Nizlopi thrown in for good measure”-– Northern Sky
“Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands
“In more nearly 50 years at Hitchin Folk Club we have never had anyone so good, so young before. After just one song Luke had the audience in the palm of his hand, such was the power of his performance and maturity of his songs.” – Maureen & Keiron Jones – Hitchin Folk Club
“This teenager has a voice you could get lost in. He has a musical maturity and a songwriting ability that belies his years. His roots may be firmly within folk music but his exuberant stage performance suggests emerging rock star! “ – London Life
Phil Chisnall has been performing well known covers as well as his own much respected songs for over 25 years. He has played throughout the country at various folk clubs and festivals in band, duo and solo formats, and has been featured on many local BBC radio shows. He has two self-penned CDs of his own songs (sadly no longer available) and has featured on numerous other artists’ recordings as a session musician.
Phil’s current project is the Phil Chisnall Band which has performed a mix of folk, blues, contemporary and original songs at venues including Thornton Hall, Fort Perch Rock, and sell-out shows at the new Floral Pavilion as part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Phil is currently recording his new album, and previous studio and live recordings can be found on his website.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 94: Friday 28th June 2013 – Luke Jackson
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Spotlight 94: Friday 28th June 2013 – Luke Jackson
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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