ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: JACK WATTS+ CONTACT + FRANKLIN & JONES + THE GARDENER'S SON
Jack Watts recently released his debut EP, Red Shortbread through BARP Records. To celebrate, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions!
The EP’s title track provides a sparse canvas for Watt’s startling voice, a thing of range and control that belies his 20 years. The track is backed by an unsettling video, which sees the bloodied, bruised & tear-stained face of Watts and others healing in retrograde, forming an uncompromising mirror to the idea of finding redemption from bad experiences with someone new.
A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile.
Watch the video for ‘Red Shortbread’ below:
Plus support from CONTACT
Contact are Zoë and Mike, who have been writing and playing together for the whole of the current millennium. In that time they’ve crafted “a strong collection of songs built around fragile melodies and hushed vocals, with some classic pop sensibilities thrown in for good measure” (NME).
Regulars at Midlands venues like the Actress & Bishop and the Yardbird, they’ve taken their acoustic wares to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with Moseley Folk, Sheffield’s Tramlines festival, and Brixton supporting Mark Morriss (Bluetones).
Self-produced studio material reflects aspects of the live sound – delicate, heartfelt songs – alongside more expansive arrangements that transform live favourites into something new.
Listen to ‘Wolf Moon’ below:
Plus support from FRANKLIN & JONES
Franklin&Jones perform a gorgeous blend of country, folk and blues with note perfect harmonies, haunting lyrics and a touch of dark humour. Previously seen at the LG Arena Forum opening for Arctic Monkeys, opening for award winning duo The Lost Brothers and on the big top stage at Glastonbudget, you can catch this duo on the run around the UK all throughout 2015.
Franklin&Jones Links: Facebook
Plus support from THE GARDENER’S SON
English born The Gardener’s Son is a folk style singer/songwriter. Growing up in Berkshire, he developed a love for writing and performing subtle, peaceful acoustic songs, taking inspiration from music from the likes of: Nizlopi, The Tallest Man On Earth, Dashboard Confessional, Bob Dylan and the as he himslef describes “the darker side of love.”
The Gardener’s Son has also developed a passion for travel in recent years, accompanying and developing his acoustic-folk style; of which some critics have likened to Ben Howard, Fionn Regan and Tracy Chapman. His eagerness to see the world has led him to many different European and non-European locations; including living and working in Germany where he giged and wrote songs for his new EP.
2015 looks bright for The Gardener’s Son as he gets working on a second set of recordings that will show the workings of his release, entitled Mary, progress into a more mature, tight and moving EP which will be out in the late stages of the year.
The Gardener’s Son Links: Facebook