Review of Luke Jackson on the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage at Belladrum, 8 th of August, 2014.

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” At times bluesy yet soulful”

Emerging folk talent Luke Jackson arrived at the Grassroots Stage fresh from an appearance at Hootananny the previous evening.

With a set full of storytelling , Luke defied his folk tag by giving a sample of his genre bending talents. At times bluesy yet soulful, but by the time his set has drawn to a conclusion with his last song, and first song of his new album ‘Flames and Faith’, ‘Sister’ the soul and blues are being merged with a more jazzy quality.


What makes you sit up and notice about Luke is his ability to make a younger audience to engage.

It’s not just his range of styles but his rich voice which is complemented well by the bass accompaniment. If this is what he can accomplish in half an hour you can only wonder what a longer set would bring.

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Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via frankieboyfin@gmail.com