Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent. 2018 was another busy year with numerous shows and a very well received live album. 2019 has started just as busily with solo, duo and trio performances, a trip to Folk Alliance in Canada and lot’s planned for the rest of the year. Read more about Luke here...


Journals Reviewed in Northern Sky Magazine November 2019

November 16, 2019 5:12 pm Comments Off on Journals Reviewed in Northern Sky Magazine November 2019

It’s perhaps remarkable that at just 25, Luke Jackson delivers his fifth album, when some musicians of this age are barely off the starting line. It’s even more remarkable that a 25 year-old can write such a song as “Baby Boomers”, an astute comment on our times, which encapsulates perfectly a young person’s fears. Adopted by the British folk community, Luke’s stylised approach and mannered vocal authority could equally fit neatly into a much wider arena, much in the way of your Ed Sheerans, in fact it’s hard to resist thinking that if only Sheeran’s audience could hear these songs! Co-produced with Dan Lucas by his side, Journals shows a maturity in Luke’s songwriting. If “Baby Boomers” demonstrates Luke’s credentials as a fine chronicler of modern times, even if might be a one-off Billy Bragg/Grace Petrie moment (although “This Ain’t Love (But It’ll Do)” has its moments), then “Home” shows us Luke’s sensitive side, with a powerful love song topped by a show-stopping power ballad vocal performance.
The album’s show stopper is probably “Queen in Her Own Way”, which takes us to highly personal territory, a beautiful statement of family love, sung in the third person and addressed to Luke’s father upon the occasion of his Nan’s passing. With a gentle reading of Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” following immediately afterwards, almost as a coda, any Larry David murmurs of disdain are withheld on this occasion. Famously sacrosanct territory it has to be said, with only one truly acceptable re-working, which she did herself for the Unhalfbricking album fifty years ago, it’s completely understandable how irresistible this song can be; it’s a damn good take all the same.

Allan Wilkinson


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