Radio 2 folk artist’s Rugby Roots return

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Rugby Roots is delighted to bring back the “phenomenally talented” Luke Jackson to the Merchants Inn on Monday November 4.

Luke is a rising 18-year-old roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent who was nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award earlier this year.

With a bold, show-stopping voice and honed guitar skills, the promoters say Luke is a “confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity”. He has been making ripples on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady, Chris Wood, Steve Knightley, Lucy Ward and Boo Hewerdine and playing at festivals in Sidmouth, Shrewsbury, Bristol and Trowbridge.

Luke has also appeared on BBC South East TV, guested on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, interviewed by Aled Jones, and received national airplay from DJs Bob Harris and Mike Harding.

Richard Barnes of Rugby Roots said: “Following no less than three sensational support slots from Luke at our Lawrence Sheriff School venue, we had no hesitation in offering him his first ever headline spot anywhere at the Merchants Inn in October 2012.

“It was a memorable night and we’re very happy to have him back again.

“He’s an extremely talented young man who, despite his career really taking off, keeps both feet firmly planted on the ground. I urge anyone in the area with an interest in quality live music to catch him while they can, he will soon be filling much bigger venues than ours.”

Tickets are £10 and available from Rugby music shop Sounds (now situated behind the Squirrel Inn in Church Street) direct from Rugby Roots by calling 01788 567338 or online via The show starts at 8.30pm.