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Jake Morley is a remarkable guitar player and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar across his lap and slaps, taps, plucks and picks the instrument to produce a sound like no-one else. His instrumental skill is combined with masterly writing, crafting songs that are both engaging and instantly memorable. Add to that his ability to deliver them to his audience in an engaging manner and it’s no surprise that people return to his gigs time after time.
The first half of 2011 has been full on for Jake, starting with a sold out gig at London’s Bush Hall and followed by a series of gigs and supports in the south of the UK. A London City Showcase at the 100 Club and a performance at Music Week’s Breakout night brought in bookings for over 10 summer festivals including the Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party and Aeon. A storming live session for Janice Long at Radio 2 has led to further support from Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary, as well as Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson at 6 Music.
The second half of the year looks set to be even busier. After a very busy festival season, a full UK tour kicks off in Scotland in mid-September which will see Jake covering most of the country in the following six weeks. Most of the gigs will include John Parker (formerly of Nizlopi) on double bass and some will have a full band line-up with the inclusion of keyboards and drums/percussion.
Jake’s debut album, Many Fish To Fry was released to his fans earlier this year through his own label, Sandwich Emporium Records. As a result of his growing profile and to coincide with the UK tour, the album will receive a full release at the end of September supported by a full promotional campaign for radio, press, online and retail. Life’s not going to get quieter for Jake Morley any time soon.