Jake Blount (Meltham)

Saturday 21st May 2022

The Carlile Institute, Meltham

Thanks to all who came out to an absolutely superb and spellbinding performance by Jake and his band last weekend – a fitting return to our live music series at the Carlile! Here’s a snippet:

Jake Blount is a compelling, award-winning young artist whose debut full length solo album Spider Tales was released in 2020 to widespread acclaim, with glowing reviews from The Guardian, Rolling Stone and more. An exceptional banjoist and fiddler, and powerful, soulful singer, Jake was also one of the winners of the 2020 Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Jake will be accompanied by his own sensational stringband, which includes George Jackson (fiddle, banjo), Nelson Williams (bass) and Gus Tritsch (guitar), all super talented in their own right. We’re particularly excited that George will be part of the touring party, after we had to cancel 2020 tour plans for this wonderful multi-instrumentalist. Expect a captivating blend of old time fiddle tunes, evocative jazz and blues songs and footstomping bluegrass! 

“On top of being wildly intelligent and knowledgeable, Jake’s also a killer musician and it’s an incredible combo. – Rhiannon Giddens, RTÉ Cultural Picks

Jake’s work also shines a light on the major contributions that Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ artists have made to American folk and traditional music. He has studied with luminaries including Rhiannon Giddens and Bruce Molsky, and has shared his music and research at Newport Folk Festival and the Smithsonian Institution, among many other prestigious venues. This is going to be a very special night of music, and we are delighted to be hosting such an exceptional artist in Meltham. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Carlile Institute for our first real-life gig with an audience since February 2020!