Having played over 400 gigs in the past few years, it’s hardly surprising that Jake Morley has been invited to share the stage with many leading lights of modern English songwriting such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose.
Seriously captivating live, his groundbreaking guitar techniques are just an accompaniment to his true passion for words and ideas and their power to connect.
2018 plans include a January showcase in New York, an official showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas in February, studio sessions recording new material in March & April, European dates and festivals in the summer, and a full UK solo tour in Autumn 2018.
Born in London, Morley developed his unusual lap-tapping guitar style, catching the attention of producer/engineers Phill Brown (Talk Talk / Faithless / Bob Marley) and Calum MacColl (Rokia Traore / Eddi Reader / Black). The result was debut album Many Fish To Fry (2011).
Jake’s second album, ‘The Manual’ was released in summer 2016 to stunning reviews. Produced once again by Calum MacColl and mixed by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout), his sound developed and matured whilst maintaining its unique directness and his capacity for strong hooks and big tunes. The addition of stunning string arrangements by Kate St John (Dream Academy, Van Morrison) brought a deeper dimension to the sound.
Cherished by a cult following, Jake regularly tours across the UK and has recently toured France, Switzerland and Canada. He has played dozens of festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Garden Party and Vancouver Folk Festival. His songs have been played across national and regional BBC Radio and he has performed live on national television. National press coverage includes a 4* review in The Independent, ‘New Band of The Day’ in The Guardian and full-length features in the music press.