“A fantastic voice, a great year and a terrific new album” – Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“For a while after Nic Jones and Chris Wood there was a big gap and you wondered where the next generation was coming from – now Luke’s the next guy” – John McCusker
“A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence” – Mike Harding
“A huge talent is emerging” – Acoustic Magazine
“An affecting and highly promising debut album – one to watch” – Daily Telegraph
DOUBLE FOLK AWARDS NOMINEE LUKE JACKSON HITS THE RADIO 2 AIRWAVES
~ Luke to support Oysterband, Karine Polwart and Tim Edey & Brendan Power ~
Luke hit the BBC Radio 2 airwaves following a fast-rising year on the roots scene.
In what was believed to be an unprecedented “double”, Luke was nominated for both the Young Folk Award and theHorizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the star-studded event in Glasgow on January 30th.
The Canterbury-based teenager rubbed shoulders with Billy Bragg, Nic Jones, Dougie MacLean, Martin Carthy, Roy Harper and other legends from the folk world at the prestigious event staged at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, hosted by BBC Radio 2 folk show presenter Mark Radcliffe and Scottish singer Julie Fowlis. For the first time, the event was part of the famous Celtic Connections Festival, the world’s biggest indoor music festival.
Although Luke was pipped at the post on the night by Blair Dunlop for the Horizon Award and Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar for the Young Folk Award he clearly made a great impression on the judges. Along with the other Young Folk award nominees Graham Mackenzie & Ciorstaidh Beaton and Scottish band Thalla he appeared live on the special BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards interval show hosted by Simon Mayo and renowned Scottish musician John McCusker.
McCusker described the Young Folk accolade as “ a very important award”. “If ever an award category deserved that old chestnut ‘there are no losers, only winners’ it is this one. Every one of the nominees deserves to be here so much and they are representing an incredibly vibrant scene.”
Luke, signed to Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph’s Pipe Records label, performed the title song of his dynamic debut album More Than Boys on the show with McCusker commenting: “I absolutely love it –it’s a beautiful song. For a while after Nic Jones and Chris Wood there was a big gap and you wondered where the next generation was coming from – now Luke’s the next guy.”
Hot on the heels on the Folk Awards, a brand new song by Luke entitled Fumes and Faith was played on Sunday February 3) on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, hosted by Clare Balding.
Last year, Luke performed live on Good Morning Sunday and was interviewed by former presenter Aled Jones. He has also appeared on BBC South East TVand received national airplay from such respected national DJs as Bob Harrisand Mike Harding.
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