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So much pressure on the modern musician. To vie for your attention and to connect. To be in all places, and to be looking for places that don’t yet exist.

It does beg the question, which one of these social media sites will go first? Who will face a similar fate to MySpace? Who knows? For now, I’m going to sign up to all of them.

Please click the button below to follow me on Instagram, where I’ll be posting up photos directly from the many festival stages this summer.

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Confirmed for Nozstock and Rock The Farm

Another two festivals in the diary. Oh yeah! It’s gonna be a summer of portaloos, mud, unpredictable weather and staying up past my bedtime.

First up is Nozstock in Bromyard, Herefordshire on 1-3 Aug. Currently headlined by the awesome Roots Manuva and Fun Loving Criminals. I’ll be taking to the bandstand at 5pm on the Saturday.

Later in the month (30-31 Aug) I’ll be playing Rock The Farm at the Chase Distillery in Hereford. Their line-up is still to be fully confirmed, but Huw Stephens and The Cuban Brothers are already on the bill.

More info on Nozstock below…

A festival built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing.

NozStock Line-Up

More info on Rock the Farm below…

Rock the Farm, the boutique festival from Chase Distillery is this year on August 30th to 31st, for the first time, opening to the public. Now in its third year, RTF is situated in the picturesque Chase Distillery grounds and surrounding Rosemaund farm.

Jefferson Duke confirmed for Beacon Festival

Another festival confirmed.  This time a boutique family event celebrating the longest day of summer high up on The Chiltern Hills of South Oxfordshire. It may be the furthest point from the sea but there will be a hot, holiday feel to this event, sparking the epitome of summer with a weekend of enlightened entertainment and the best sunset for miles!  More info and tickets here.

Jefferson Duke set time TBC.

Beacon Festival

Beacon Festival

Jefferson Duke confirmed for Glass Butter Beach

Glass Butter Beach

So it’s cold and rainy. Towns are flooding. People are staying in.

But that won’t last forever…

Soon the warm summer sun will be out, beaches will spring alive, there will be music and dancing, surfing, wake-boarding and volley ball…and I will be there with my guitar playing to thousands of festival go’ers.

This is set to be a truly awesome event. If you’ve not heard of Glass Butter Beach before, check it out here.


Jefferson Duke will be playing on Sat 16th August on the Main Stage.

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Valentines ’94

Valentines Day 1994 (aged 13). I ride my bicycle to Louise Geary’s house to deliver her a box of Milk Tray, despite having an ear infection. Her father, a robust gentleman, opened the door. ‘Hello, is Louise in?’ I said nervously. ‘What’s the time?’ he replied. Even though this was an odd question to ask, I looked down at my digital Casio watch and informed him of the time. He looked confused. ‘What’s the time?’ he repeated. I gave him the time again, a little less confident than before. Mr Geary sighed. ‘What’s the time?’. I was confused and could only reply with ‘What?’. He leaned towards me and raised his voice. ‘I said, what’s your name?’. At that point I realised the ear infection had got the better of me. The Milk Tray was received with adolescent awkwardness, and Louise never went out with me.

Top 5 tracks of 2013 that have inspired me

Disclaimer:

  • The tracks are in no particular order.
  • They are not even my favourite tracks of the year.
  • They are simply the top 5 tracks of 2013 that have inspired me and make me want to reach for the nearest guitar, mic, synth or pen.

1. Midlake – The Old And The Young

Bittersweet vocal melody, CAN-esque looping drums, exceptional choice of synths, with a bass line that glues it all together beautifully. Sonically harmonious, spacious and textured. This tracks makes me want to be in a band, but for now I’ll attempt to create such soaring choruses, driving riffs and hypnotic grooves on my own.

2. Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal

Eight minutes of fragile, yet savage, immersive sound-scapes.  It is a reminder that music is at it’s best when it’s conceived to transport a listener, instead of simply pleasing.  This track isn’t just a wave of electronic sound.  It’s a passport to a far away place.  In my mind, a place that is as inhospitable as the Himalayas. Where the mountains are replaced with crystal shards, and the clouds above are fragments of shattered frost.  As pretentious as this may sound, there’s something about this track that makes me want to create worlds, and not adhere to the exhausted format of ‘song’.

3. James Blake – Retrograde

Spacious, ambient, haunting and vocally stunning.  It’s not the Mercury Award that puts him on my inspiring list, it’s not even my favourite track/album of the year, but there’s something utterly captivating about the way he performs this live and utilises much of the same musical equipment that I own (OK, maybe not the £1000 synths).  Non-gimicky loops, built to serve the song, under a backdrop of tasteful percussive samples. Sublime.

4. John Grant – GMF

John Grant has a voice that could entertain any funeral. He inspires me to continue flirting with deeper vocal tones, and write lyrics that balance intensity with humour. He has an ability to choose effortless vocal scales and toplines, which is done exquisitely here on ‘GMF’.

5. Arcade Fire – Reflecktor

Perhaps an obvious choice from an unconditional lover of David Bowie and James Murphy. Arcade Fire have created a seven minute epic that combines some fantastic elements: LCD inspired percussion, minimal bass accenting the off-beat, cryptic lyrics, euphoric choruses, Robert Fripp styled guitar (Bowie’s guitarist on ‘Scary Monsters’), mild pretentiousness, all arranged flamboyantly to excess. The track inspires me to never attempt such things, in a good way.

Please feel free to leave a comment or let me know what tracks have got your creative juices flowing.