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Pretty fly for such a white folkie guy ; Luke Jackson

May 17, 2013


IT was four years ago, when Luke Jackson was 14, that promoter Brian Heason first saw him. He says: I've put on Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran on in the past, but I'm convinced that Luke will be up there with those guys someday soon.

The 18-year-old from Canterbury, nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, PLAYS the GuitarBar next week.

How did music start for you? Music was always played around the house. For as long as I can remember my dad played guitar and one day he showed me a few chords. The instrument felt pretty natural to me. I then got lessons on the electric for a year or so, but when I started singing I picked up an acoustic and wrote songs on that. If someone gives me an electric guitar to play now I honestly don't really know what to do with it!

Who were you listening to when you were growing up? Mainstream stuff, or rock and indie bands. I didn't listen to a lot of singer- songwriters or folk music when I was younger, although my dad is a big fan of Richard Thompson. I realized how much of a genius Richard Thompson is! Now the vast amount of music I listen to is roots, folk, Americana, singer-songwriter stuff.

What was the first album or single you ever bought? I can't remember. One of the first was Americana by The Offspring. I loved their song Pretty Fly For A White Guy.

How would you describe your music? It definitely fits in with the rootsy, folk, Americana sound but I listen to a lot of different styles and artists and I find subconsciously that their sound can rub off on my writing.

Who have been your biggest musical inspirations? Richard Thompson, Martyn Joseph, Steve Knightley, Show of Hands and that whole roots scene when I was about 14. That really changed my songwriting for the better. I still feel honoured that Martyn Joseph signed me to his label.

Tell us about your latest album It's called More Than Boys and its theme is the movement from childhood to adulthood, although it does touch on lots of other issues. It was recorded and produced by Martyn Joseph.

What can we expect at your Nottingham gig? A solo set of originals and covers by Sam Cooke, Richard Thompson and Bob Dylan.

Luke Jackson plays the GuitarBar in Sherwood Rise on Thursday starting at 8pm with support from Sam Jones. Tickets are Pounds 7.50 from

Simon Wilson

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