Welsh born singer/songwriter
Jack Harris was the first British winner of the prestigious New Folk
Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas, joining an elite band of previous
winners that includes Nancy Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon
Sproule. He has also featured as a showcase artist at the South by South-West
Festival, Austin, Texas,
and at the Green Man Festival in the UK.
Singer/ song-writer Harris has shared the stage with some of the most important names in folk music, including Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Dick Gaughan, Kate Campbell and Eric Taylor. He performs regularly around the UK and Ireland, bringing literate story-telling and lyrical delivery to many appreciative audiences, and has played extensively in the United States. Recently he completed a tour of Northern Italy and Switzerland.
Steeped in myth and mystery his songs bring the narrative tradition of folk and blues music into the here and now. On his latest album 'The Flame And The Pelican'' Jack gives us 12 new songs featuring a host of diverse narratives, and a cast of characters ranging from Mary Magdalene to the great American poet, Elizabeth Bishop.
Influenced by the old country blues masters and folk singers of the British Isles, his performances are a riveting display of soulful, smoky vocals and intricate, finger-style guitar playing.
PRESS...“Captivating songwriting, powerful singing and fluent guitar work… A natural and original songwriting talent is at play.” – The Telegraph
"Such character in his enriched tones I would be tempted to compare his work to that of a young Ralph McTell or James Taylor. So beautiful is his artistry, eye for detail and general calm his music asserts” – Flyin’ Shoes
“A unique lyrical mind…” – Q Magazine
“A gentle, understated record… A little bit beautiful in its own quiet, understated way.” – Americana UK
“In equal measures traditional and contemporary… A unique
approach to song composition, utterly beautiful.” – Maverick Magazine
“A lyricist of great descriptive precision and a flare for revealing observation… As good a collection of songs as will be heard all year” – Folk Radio UK
“Songs so rich you’ll spend years roaming their landscapes… wondering at the detail.” - Net Rhythms