JACK LONDON & FRIENDS
Highly energetic all purpose troubadour & singer-songwriter who was a big hit at this year's festival.
I started performing way back in the early 70s, around the folk clubs of the north-west, before involvement in various theatrical projects sidetracked me into writing and playing comic songs, at which, to my surprise, I proved quite adept. Highlights from these years included having my songs played on national radio, as well as writing, producing and performing some entertaining and by-and-large successful shows on the London Fringe and Edinburgh Festival. Music took a back seat in the 80s as I focussed on a scriptwriting career, though I regained my muse in the early 90s, writing songs again (non-comic this time) as well as recording and performing with ace guitarist, Chris Matthews.
Spent a few years playing mainly around London clubs and venues, then in the late 90s formed a duo with the fabulous Eugene Wallace, a brilliant songwriter with a stunning voice and something of a lost legend (worth Googling).
I play clubs, pubs, festivals, functions and concerts, mainly in the Northants and East Midlands area, sometimes further afield. I've been lucky enough along the way to either play with or support some wonderful musicians, from brilliant unknowns to legends. Amongst the latter, on the folk side I recall memorable gigs with Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones, Davey Graham, Martin Carthy and Jez Lowe, and at the rockier/bluesier end of the scale, The Pretty Things, Zombies, Wishbone Ash, and Paul Lamb & The King Snakes. It's been a lot of fun with hopefully a lot more to come!
After Eugene sadly passed away, I moved to the East Midlands, where, in the early noughties, I got together with some excellent local musicians and formed Kontra Band, who made a couple of well-received albums before finally disbanding in 2008.
These days I'm as well known as an acoustic roots promoter (Kontra Roots Promotions) than I am as a musician, but in 2014 I revived my solo career and now play an eclectic repertoire of blues, roots, folk, jazz and pop, mixing original songs with either popular or interestingly obscure covers. I also play blues harmonica and perform with original Rolling Stones and Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor and his band, The Moonlighters, as well as guesting with numerous other musicians and bands, blues and otherwise.