Award-winning American musician Jake Blount and his band are heading to the UK for a two-week tour in late May/early June 2022, culminating with performances at Fire in the Mountain festival. Jake’s debut solo album Spider Tales was released in 2020 to widespread acclaim (with glowing reviews in The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Songlines among others). An exceptional banjoist and fiddler and soulful singer based in Rhode Island, USA, Jake is one of relatively few African-American artists on the old-time and Americana music scene. A two-time winner of the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival (Clifftop) instrument contest in West Virginia, Jake was the first Black person to ever make the finals.
He was also one of the winners of the prestigious Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020. Many UK old-time enthusiasts will have seen Jake with the Moose Whisperers at Gainsborough Festival back in 2019, but this will be his first full UK tour under his own name. Jake has studied with luminaries including Rhiannon Giddens and Bruce Molsky, and his work shines a light on the often overlooked contributions that Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ artists have made to American folk and traditional music.
On this tour, Jake will be accompanied by his own stringband, comprising Nashville-based New Zealand fiddle ace George Jackson, Nelson Williams (double bass) and Gus Tritsch (guitar and banjo uke), all exceptional musicians in their own right.
More info and ticket links for all the tour dates can be found at bit.ly/JakeBlountUK2022
Thurs 19 May Hackney, London - Paper Dress Vintage
Fri 20 May Luton - The Bear Club
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 (double bill with Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno)
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