Sometimes unlikely performing partnerships just work – and fizz! That is undoubtedly the case with acclaimed young singer songwriter Luke Jackson who will join forces for the fourth time with Cardiff’s Amy Wadge for what promises to be a dazzling double header UK tour in the new year.
Between January 17-February 4, Luke will tour England and Wales with Amy, known for her winning songwriting collaboration with Ed Sheeran. She and Sheeran, having reached No 1 in the official UK chart with Thinking out Loud which went platinum, won the coveted Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. The global smash hit was the first song to celebrate a whole year in the Top 40.
Jackson, a widely acclaimed, BBC award-nominated 23 year-old singer songwriter, says: “The tour with Amy is becoming our favourite way to start the year. 2017 started with my third tour with Amy. It was the best yet- we played to large, enthusiastic audiences and had a great time and I think the 2018 tour will be even better”.
Variously likened to Richard Thompson, Jeff Buckley, Martin Simpson – and even Kent’s answer to Rufus Wainwright – Jackson has rapidly made a name for himself on the acoustic roots scene with an outstanding voice, songwriting skills and stage presence that completely belie his years.
In February 2018 Luke will release his first live album ‘Solo Duo Trio’, an excellent state-of-the-art calling card of just where his music is at in all its forms. Recorded in October in the intimate atmosphere of Bramleys Cocktail Bar, Canterbury it features live performances of songs from all his albums to date – a solo set, a duo set with Andy Sharps and a trio finale bringing drummer Connor Downs into the mix.
Joining forces with Amy Wadge presents an exciting start to 2018 – a 13 date tour taking in London (Green Note) and their home towns of Cardiff and Canterbury.
Described by Bob Harris as “an irresistible, riveting performer” Amy is widely regarded as one of the country’s most successful female singer songwriters.
With great vocal range in her emotive songs she has twice won the Best Solo Female Artist title at the Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church in 2002 and Cerys Matthews in 2003. In 2016 she won two awards at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards) – Song of the Year and Top Digital Song.
Luke and Amy will perform separate sets as well as joining forces for certain numbers on this tour which showcases two generations of stand-out songwriters.
LUKE JACKSON & AMY WADGE 2017 TOUR DATES
17th Jan BURY The Met
18th Jan BIRMINGHAM Cheery Reds
CANCELLED 19th Jan SALTAIRE The Live Room @ Caroline Street Social Club
20th Jan GWAENYSGOR, FLINTSHIRE Gwaenysgor Village Hall
21st Jan STOKE ON TRENT A500 music @ Fulford Village Hall
25th Jan FARINGDON Corn Exchange
26th Jan HUTTON RUDBY, N YORKS Village Hall
27th Jan SETTLE Victoria Hall
30th Jan CARDIFF Roots Unearthed @ St David’s Hal
1st Feb LONDON The Green Note
2nd Feb STOGUMBER, SOMERSET Music Club
3rd Feb COOLHAM, W SUSSEX Coolham Live Music Club SOLD OUT
4th Feb CANTERBURY Gulbenkian Theatre