I first heard Luke Jackson’s voice on the Kirsty Merryn album She & I when he did a duet with Kirsty. He has a wonderfully clear and resonant voice and is also a pretty adept guitar player. This album was recorded at a live gig at Bramley’s Cocktail Bar in his home town of Canterbury. Those who went were treated to a great evening’s entertainment of Luke’s work going back to 2012 as well as three new tracks ‘Fun of It’ and ‘Flowers’ (a wonderful track) which appear in the solo section, and ‘Made of Stone’ which is performed as a trio.
The first five tracks are Luke playing solo. The opener ‘Fun of It’ is a good, powerful start, with the next few tracks being a bit gentler; I particularly enjoyed ‘More Than Boys’. For the four songs of the duo section, Luke was joined by Andy Sharps on bass and backing vocals. The haunting ‘Kansas'(a song supposedly written in just 20 minutes about being homesick) is the pick of this section, although ‘Finding Home’ is a close second.
For the last six songs Luke and Andy are joined by Connor Downs on drums and backing vocals. ‘Answers are Gone’ is the track that stands out for me. It is tight and has a great beat as well, although the bluesy ‘Sister’ is a great listen as well.
This album shows Luke’s writing and performing versatility and I will certainly be looking to see him live this year.
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