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Luke Jackson and Rebecca Loebe at Hop Yard
Thu 4 May 2017, 19:00 – 23:00 BST
A meeting in Kansas, USA led to a transatlantic partnership of two exceptional charismatic young songwriters.
Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”
With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival. In the last year Luke as been playing Festivals across Europe, along with playing solo shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.
Luke released his brand new studio album, “Tall Tales and Rumours” in November 2016 and according to Acoustic Magazine, “Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words”- emphasising the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the scene!
“Luke has a voice you could get lost in. He has a musical maturity and a songwriting ability that belies his years. His roots may be firmly within folk music but his exuberant stage performance suggests emerging rock star! “ – London Life
“Luke has already acquired both an unmistakable voice and a strikingly individual vision, so has a tremendous head start on the competition” – fRoots
“Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Two words, bloody brilliant” – Maverick 5 star review
Rebecca Loebe is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has done time in DC, Boston and New York, now making her home in Austin, TX.
She is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels.
Rebecca has toured non-stop since 2009, averaging 150-200 shows per year as a headliner and as support for The Civil Wars, Ellis Paul, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Matt the Electrician and others
In 2011 she was a featured contestant on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” winning a spot on Team Adam and an iTunes Top 10 single worldwide with her captivating re-imagination of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” Earlier this year she was ranked #9 on Alternate Root magazine’s annual listing of the 30 Best Female Singers in America.
“Quite simply this is a wall-to-wall folk/pop delight” – Maverick
“An absolutely stunning voice” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Alt Folk at its best” – Entertainment Realm