Jack's musical journey began in New York City and developed in southern Ohio. Early influences include the Seegers, Guthrie, Doc Watson, Tom Paley and traditional musicians, like Mississippi John Hurt, the Carter Family and Doc Boggs. Jack worked briefly with Ed McCurdy before moving to England at the height of the sixties folk boom. He was a regular performer at the London Singers Club, working with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger until 1973. Writing and singing with Combine Theatre, resident performer Knave of Clubs, West London Folk Club, and Court Sessions followed through the 1980s. Jack now lives in southern England and is often seen and heard at local clubs.
Jack is a multi-instrumentalist who likens his other career, working with traditional buildings to traditional music. His enduring songs include the raging If They Come in the Morning (No Time for Love), The Grape Pickers and The Kent State Massacre. Now, the fury of the 1960s and 1970s 'angry young man' is overlaid with character and maturity. In writing, singing and playing Jack goes for authentic American folk sounds and loves building a rapport with audiences in intimate club settings. "I used to race through stuff, trying to dazzle," he says. "Now I find that precision and pacing pays off, musically and emotionally. Everyone who's met me knows that folk songs are one of the three great passions of my life."
I'll leave you to guess the other two!
A historic, straight talking story of endurance and heroics, pointing to lessons we should learn. Why aren't there more songs like this? Chilean miners will be remembered in this unique English language folk song.
review written by: Danny