With the release of his fourth album Pictures of Us, BRADEN GATES has proven himself to be deserving of a wider audience and worthy of the attention he’s received in five short years as a performer. Writing layered songs that bounce from those that brim with emotional depth and stark imagery to those that find the humour in life, Gates has quickly created a body of work that is impressive for its sheer volume. More importantly, his growing audience is moved by the poignancy and the poetic turns that bind his material. The touchstones of his talents are many and his influences run from traditional roots music to contemporary singer-songwriters, many of whom he continues to study.
Gates has benefitted in his musical education from mentors such as Miles Wilkinson, who produced some of Guy Clark’s best work (Boats to Build & Dublin Blues.) Wilkinson, who has worked closely with Gates on previous studio outings, says, “that his obvious writing and performing talents, stand beside his understanding of roots, in older acoustic music. That’s a rare thing for a young musician. His heroes are Clark, John Hartford, and Townes Van Zandt, all great singing story tellers. And I feel Braden is destined to join them.”
Jake Morley has earned a reputation for fearless live shows, particularly as one of the best lap-style guitar players in the world. Combining guitar, piano and drums into one instrument with seemingly impossible dexterity, he is an artist to be seen as well as heard. But it was his incisive song-writing that initially led to a residency at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, where he built his audience, and gained exposure on Radio 2, 6Music and Radio X, before releasing a critically-acclaimed debut album. Hundreds of worldwide stages and shows have been clocked up since then, empty to buzzing, Aberystwyth to Zurich, with sellout shows at London’s Bush Hall, Canada’s biggest festivals, and support slots at the Hammersmith Apollo. The years since the release of first album Many Fish To Fry have taught him many lessons, evident in the introspective maturity of second album The Manual. In it, Morley explores his relationship to the world around him, and to his own mind – even inviting the listener to glimpse a duet with his subconscious. There are still the playful melodies reminiscent of his debut, but with richly-layered arrangements, hidden depth and a vulnerability to that captures audiences of all ages.
Currently recording material for a third album, and touring widely, Morley is one of the UK’s most distinctive and interesting songwriters at the top of his game.
Tickets = Advance @ $34, At the Door @ $37, Concert Series @ $32
Concert Series Tickets must be purchased in a package for all 6 concerts by contacting the GPLT Box Office.