STARK: Blues with a banjo

Stark3Stark brings together three highly creative musicians – lead singer and guitarist Jamie Francis, drummer Evan Carson and bassist Josh Franklin. Together, they are pushing the boundaries and taking the blues somewhere very new.

Jamie grew up in Maryport, West Cumbria, and played his first ever gig on the Maryport Blues Festival Trail at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was lucky enough to see legends like Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards play the main stage at Maryport. Then, as he got older, he was blown away by The White Stripes – and found out that Jack White was influenced by blues greats like Son House and Robert Johnson. Somehow all roads led back to the blues…

Jamie paid his dues in several Cumbrian bands, including Feed Me, who made a name for themselves in the blues world – opening the main stage at Maryport in 2010, getting a track played by Paul Jones on Radio 2, performing in venues like Charlotte Street Blues, and receiving rave reviews for their CD ‘Blood on the Moon’ from ‘Blues in Britain’, ‘Blues Matters’ and ‘R2 Magazine’.

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