Teenage prodigy all set for Montrose Folk Club debut

Young singer, songwriter and teenage prodigy Luke Jackson.

Young singer, songwriter and teenage prodigy Luke Jackson.

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The new season of Montrose Folk Club opens in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Thursday, August 14 with a first appearance in Montrose by singer, songwriter and teenage prodigy, Luke Jackson.

Barely 18 months ago, Canterbury-based teenager Luke impressed with his debut CD entitled ‘More than Boys’.

After the release of the CD, he went on to conquer audiences at several of the big English folk festivals with show-stopping intense live performances.

Such was the impression made by the initial festival appearances that Luke was nominated in 2013 for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

With a bold and individual voice, together with honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer who demonstrates a maturity way beyond his years. He has built a fast growing reputation supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady and Karine Polwart. Last autumn he made his debut in Scotland, winning praise for his stand-out voice, song-writing skill and stage presence.

The debut album ‘More than Boys’, produced by the acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter, Martyn Joseph, and launched at the Shrewsbury Festival, has been receiving plaudits from critics and airplay on numerous radio stations.

In 2014, Luke has released an accomplished follow-up album, ‘Fumes and Faith’, a belting roots and blues infused album of 11 original songs. With a wealth of finely observed narrative songs, the new album emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of possibly the most exciting young singer-songwriter on the English scene.

Simon Mayo of BBC Radio 2 has praised Luke for his “fantastic voice and terrific new album” whilst Mike Harding, also formerly of Radio 2, described Luke as a “great singer, a great song-writer and a really commanding presence.”

Everyone is welcome on Thursday, August 14 at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel for a first appearance in Angus by a young performer destined for a stellar future in acoustic music.

Doors open at 7.30 p.m. with Luke on stage at 8 p.m.