It's always a pleasure to host Jacob & Drinkwater and this will be their third Big Ginger Tom Music gig, the second in Harwell Village Hall.
Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called "stand out new folk" by BBC6 Music with their live show described as "intense and spellbinding" by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
Throughout 2018 the duo performed at festivals in the UK and Europe and London’s historic Union Chapel. In September they embarked on theirWaters Of England tour; combining live touring with open water swimming in locations across the UK and documenting their adventures via their social media pages. Gone are the days of post-gig booze ups; the duo are teetotal and promote a healthy, clean living touring regime to support well being and mental health.
The February 2019 This Old River tour will be their biggest to date and coincides with the release of their first full studio album, successfully crowdfunded through Indiegogo.
Singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) including playing live for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. He has toured extensively and had several releases including the 2017 album A Polyphonic Life. Tobias’ songs have been featured in the documentary film Beating The Bomb and in forthcoming feature film Tomorrow’(2018).
Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as "one of busiest musicians in the UK". In demand as a producer, performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Recently he’s been touring with AMA UK Artist of the Year Emily Barker, Albert Jones, Ange Hardy, and the Peoples String Foundation. He has also worked with Seth Lakeman, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and many more.
The duo’s dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix.
Support is from Southampton-based duo Lucas & King who were crowned winners of FENDER’S UNDISCOVERED ARTIST OF THE YEAR in 2018. With influences including Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, The Kinks and Dolly Parton, the album features beautifully complex lyrics, sung by the sultry stand-out vocals of lead singer Bo Lucas, made all the brighter by Hayleigh King’s sympathetic and tasteful guitar accompaniment which in turn creates the cinematic backdrop of their sound.
Early Bird tickets (£13) available until 12th September, Standard tickets at £15 thereafter. Concessions available for those aged 16 and under with an adult. Tickets available from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/491611
Doors and bar 7pm, music at 7:40pm.