Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent. 2019 ended on a high with his first solo tour of the USA and the release of his latest record ‘Journals’ in November. In January 2020 ‘Journals’ was voted ‘Album of the Year’ by the prestigious Fatea Magazine, and by February Luke had completed a tour of Europe and was just about to embark on his next run of dates in the USA. The rest of the year promises to be just as busy and exciting. Read more about Luke here… Read more about Luke here...

‘Journals’ reviewed in Around Kent Folk Magazine Feb/March 2020

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From the first bar we are on an exploration of influences here: mainly transatlantic, I think, flattened vocals redolent of road trip, hard travelling, outreach. With Lizzy White on vocals, Andy Sharps on bass, Elliott Norris on percussion and keyboards from Dan Lucas and Jarod Pinner there’s a tight cohesion about the arrangements. Homage to rockabilly, the new country intricacy, lyrics of rebellion and despair, isolation almost. Given the popularity of Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow, this may be a smart move, and it’s certainly powerful. It’s been fascinating to watch Luke’s progress and compelling live performances and surely he’s right to explore local and wider issues in styles which work for his national audience. Baby Boomers is rightly gaining recognition (though the assumption that we who were had an easy time of it leaves out 12% interest and scrunching tax/NI rates!), harking back to Masters of War. Luke seems conscious of his influences and builds on them, they don’t intrude. Cherry Picker ( 0 to 30 in half a mile) shows a lighter side and Eliza Holt is a genuinely local story I won’t give away. You’re left with a sense of Luke’s need to ‘Look for something more’ in Every Flame: he’s writing for a generation that ‘can’t keep up with the price of rent’. In places bleak, in others ‘Face it if you can’. Thing is he may be right about the present, and the future. Wherever he goes, it’ll be interesting.

Bob Kenward.

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