This is Luke’s first live album, recorded in October 2017 in his home town, Canterbury.The repertoire is drawn from all four of his highly acclaimed studio albums to date, plus three now songs, Fun of It, Flowers and Made of Stone.
Luke reworks the songs as one would probably expect. They have been played many times whilst on the road and they evolve and change. This is a great showcase for where Luke is at right now! Luke’s songs are astutely observed narratives, and they are becoming increasingly more sophisticated with each release and the passing of time.
His anecdote about the writing and evolution of Finding Home (whilst on tour with Amy Wadge) that he recounts to the audience gives us an interesting glimpse into the birth and growth of a song. The two of them tried out a verse here and there in various green rooms prior to a gig and then eventually presented those ideas to an audience whilst pretty much a work in progress, Amy Wadges harmony emerging whilst using the song to warm up her voice. This is an insight into Luke’s song craft and also the enjoyment he gains from collaborations which, of course, is central to this new album ( backing vocals are provided by Andy Sharps on this release).
London Life say ‘Luke is born to be on stage’ and I couldn’t agree more. This was even evident years ago watching a teenage Luke play to a large and full marquee at Rochester Sweeps. He relishes being in the spotlight.
fRoots say ‘ British Folk Music has found a new hope and his name is Luke Jackson’.
Luke and his Trio really get into their stride on this album. It is a very impressive showcase indeed.
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