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Jake Blount on UK Tour May/June 2022

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Award-winning American folk-roots artist Jake Blount and his band are heading to the UK for a two-week tour in late May/early June 2022 (see dates below), culminating with performances at Fire in the Mountain festival.

Jake is an award-winning young musician based in Rhode Island, whose debut solo album Spider Tales was released in 2020 to widespread acclaim (reviewed here). An exceptional banjoist, fiddler and soulful singer, Jake is one of the relatively few African-American (and Queer) artists on the Appalachian music and folk-Americana scene. Jake has previously collaborated with renowned musicians, including fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and step dancer Nic Gareiss. On this UK tour, he’ll be accompanied by a stringband, comprising Nashville based New Zealander George Jackson (fiddle, banjo), Nelson Williams (double bass) and Gus Tritsch (guitar, banjo uke), all highly respected acoustic musicians in their own right.

With a degree in ethnomusicology, Jake has also studied with music luminaries, including Rhiannon Giddens and Bruce Molsky, and he’s hugely knowledgeable about the fascinating and diverse roots of American folk music. His work puts the spotlight on the contributions of Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ artists, long overlooked as American music genres have systematically been whitewashed over the last century and more. Blount’s music and research highlight how these voices are profoundly ingrained in Appalachian (and other American) folk traditions that are widely perceived to be exclusively white.  

Spider Tales was released in spring 2020, and the pandemic ensured a long delay until its songs and tunes could be brought to live audiences. Jake and the band will be performing a mix of old time fiddle tunes, evocative jazz and blues songs and lively folk and bluegrass, much of which is drawn from the album, which includes a rendition of Leadbelly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night, slightly reworked as a Queer love song, and a version of Cherokee fiddler Manco Sneed’s tune Done Gone.

Jake Blount  UK Tour Dates

Thurs 19 May          Hackney, London  – Paper Dress Vintage

Sat 21 May              Meltham, Huddersfield, The Carlile Institute

Sun 22 May             Saltaire – The Live Room

Tues 24 May            Kendal – Ruskins

Thurs 26 May          Aberystwyth – The Bank Vault

Fri 27 May                Swansea – Taliesin Arts Centre

Sat 28 May              Marple, Cheshire – Roman Lakes Tea Dances

Tues 31 May            Sheffield – The Greystones

Weds 1 June            Norwich – Carberrys

Sat 4 June                West Wales – Fire in the Mountain festival

Sun 5 June               West Wales – Fire in the Mountain festival

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