"Jack is a priest of song who holds himself to an ancient, rigorous code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists" - Anais Mitchell
"A natural, captivating songwriting talent" - The Telegraph
"A lyricist of great descriptive flair and imagination" - Folk Radio UK
“A unique lyrical mind” - Q Magazine
In a thriving folk scene overburdened with instrumental dexterity, Jack Harris is a songwriter of rare brilliance. His songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His latest album, 'The Wide Afternoon', comprises 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories.
The result is a bigger, darker record than Jack's previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012's The Flame and the Pelican (***** Maverick, The Telegraph top 10 Roots/Folk albums of the year). ‘The Wide Afternoon’ is an album of mystery and melody, set against the expansive sound-palette and intricate arrangements of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson). Gerry’s swooping violins and eerie percussion are at the record’s sonic heart, perfectly offsetting songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses and vanished birds. All are delivered in husky, intimate vocals and fluid guitar picking.
Harris inhabits his characters so completely that, shorn of their ecstatic, gloriously verbose live introductions, it is easy to mistake them as autobiography. Listen closely, however, and you'll find a tapestry of London lives, precisely observed moments sitting next to slices of three-chord poetic fiction and a vocabulary that is unashamedly literary. The sense of immersion is like a great novel. It alters your perception.
Jack was a SXSW showcasing artist at 17, as well as the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award (previous winners include Gillian Welch, Devon Sproule and Anais Mitchell). He has been the recipient of the PRS ATOM award for new music creation, as well as an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting.
Jack Harris - The Wide Afternoon
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