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 English Folk and Dance Song Society (EFDSS) Magazine January 2020

January 27, 2020 5:39 pm Comments Off on ‘Journals’ reviewed in English Folk and Dance Song Society (EFDSS) Magazine January 2020

Luke Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson; that’s enough to catch this reviewer’s attention. Yet the Daily Telegraph and others point to the wrong Thompson. Luke sounds more like Teddy with that strong and pure voice – the similarity to the younger Thompson is striking on the classic pop of ‘Heavy’.
Jackson is a mature, thoughtful and joyful talent, and an outstanding guitar player, both acoustic and electric. His music embraces folk, jazz and blues with opener ‘Honeycomb’ having a dark bluesy vibe and suggestions of John Smith. ‘Home’ is a yearning love song from a faraway hotel room (another Smith trope) with a fluid electric guitar solo. Jazzy ballad ‘Cherry Picker’ has an unlikely theme: a lovestruck farmer trying to woo with a mobile crane. ‘Red Oak’ tells a sad, sweet love story about a crashed pilot, starting gently and building to a swell of drama. ‘A Queen In Her Own Way’ is an affecting tribute to Luke’s Grandmother with an intriguing title, ‘Eliza Holt’, a rocking folk song, was inspired by a name on a gravestone.
An album to cherish.

Julian Cole

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