Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley is a firm believer in straight talking, direct songs. His Spotify playlist, Tell It To Me Straight, a collection of some of his favorite examples by other artists, is a constant source of inspiration.
Now he’s recording a series of his own stripped-back songs featuring just voice and his extraordinary guitar playing. They will be released one by one over the coming months though Sandwich Emporium Records. In the autumn he performs at twenty of the UK’s most intimate venues from the Highlands to Devon, from Wales to East Anglia and releases an acoustic version of ‘Ghostess’ on July 20th via Sandwich Emporium Records.
At the heart of Jake’s music are tender, poetic, heartfelt lyrics that showcase his talent for putting a twist on the everyday, crystalizing what many may think but are unable to say. Every emotion – whether dark feelings of obsession, fear, loss or inadequacy, or simply just feeling foolish or overwhelmingly happy without an obvious reason – are all fair game for Morley’s disarming honesty. Featuring his remarkable ability to make a guitar sound like a piano, drums or a harp, these immaculate new recordings (produced by Grammy nominated producer Calum MacColl) are as elemental and starkly beautiful as they come.
“I like songs that treat you like an equal, that say exactly what they mean without over-complicating things. It sounds simple, but it’s as demanding as any song writing – possibly more so. When you strip everything back you remove the barrier between the song and the listener so there’s nowhere for the artist to hide. It was the same principle when we picked the most up-close and intimate venues we could find for the tour. I want to minimize the divisions between the stage and the audience, so it’ll just be them, the songs and me.”
Jake has had airplay on Radio 2, 6 Music, numerous local and overseas radio stations. He’s played hundreds of gigs around the world and opened for Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Lucy Rose, The Hoosiers and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Overseas representation for management and live booking across North America mean Jake will be touring USA and Canada again in 2019.
Artist’s website: www.jakemorley.com
‘Ghostess’ – live:
5th August Dranouter Festival, Belgium
11th August Here Comes the Sun Festival, Reading
25th August Greenbelt Festival
14th September Pipefest, Lancashire
28th September London, Campfire Nest
24th October Durham, Old Cinema Launderette
25th October Aviemore, Old Bridge Inn
26th October Howwood, Boarding House
27th October Glasgow, Berits & Brown
28th October Ayton, Hemelvaart
29th October Hawick, Heart of Hawick
1st November Bournemouth, Blue Line
2nd November Bristol, Café Kino
3rd November Cardiff, Snails
4th November Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
9th November Salford, Eagle
10th November Liverpool, Music Room @ The Phil (supporting Hafdis Huld)
16th November Totnes, Barrel House
17th November Reading, Rising Sun
21st November London, The Islington
28th November Nottingham, Running Horse
29th November Sheffield, Café #9
30th November Ipswich, Smokehouse
1st December Chesham, The Drawing Room