Those of you who were privileged to have been at Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 6th birthday bash in February will know what an incredible talent Jez Wing is. He bewitched the audience at the View Two Gallery with a solo set of special songs performed with exceptional warmth and grace on the venue’s grand piano.
Many of the songs performed on the night were taken from Jez’s album Believe Me To Remain which he’s releasing under the guise of Cousin Jac on the evening of Friday 1st May at Park Lane’s atmospheric Scandinavian Church.
Doors open at 7.00pm, and entry is only £4 on the door. There are no advance tickets, but if you’d like to reserve your place then leave a request on the facebook event page here. The church is a ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ venue with a £1 corkage.
Support is provided by young Ellie Smith, who impressed one and all at Liverpool Acoustic Live in January and the Liverpool Acoustic Festival in March.
Cousin Jac will be performing the entire album with a full band line-up.
To get yourself in the mood for the album launch, why not listen to BBC Radio Merseyside’s Folkscene from May 2014 where Jez talks about his music, background and where the ideas behind the album came from.
The album is inspired by a letter written to Jez’s great-grandfather, himself a musician and composer, by his music teacher back in 1911, and is the basis of this auto-fictional journey of progressive folk music and songwriting.
Believe Me To Remain is an auto-fictional journey from 19th century Cornwall to 20th Century America, with tales of leaving home and creating new lives in new worlds on the shores of the Atlantic. Musically the LP is described as ‘wholegrain church organ pop meets with a progressive folk-fusion’.
The Gustav Adolf church was chosen as the venue, perfectly enriching the story of the album with it’s Nordic roots and maritime dwellings, and will feature the church’s pipe organ on the epic single ‘Passing Place’ originally recorded o the historic pipe organ in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall. Recent shows have seen Cousin Jac supporting Lau, Robert Vincent, Nizlopi, Paper Aeroplanes, Roddy Woomble & folk legend Jez Lowe. This show will be a unique musical event diving into the bow of the Cousin Jac ship.
Believe Me To Remain was recorded in the iconic Mello Mello Studios in Liverpool and took three years to capture, co-produced by Simon Knighton (Stealing Sheep/Harlequin Dynamite). Featuring the singles ‘Passing Place’ & ‘Lightning & Thunder’ the album has many of the UK’s finest folk, jazz and pop musicians, some of whom are coming back to play at the album launch.
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