Jon Palmer Acoustic Band- Ilkley Playhouse
Date: Saturday 18th February 2023 – Wildman Studio
Doors open: 7pm
2 x 45-minute sets, with a 20-minute interval
Tickets – £10 (no concessions)
Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
Following a stunning debut performance in 2022, this high energy “folk, roots and rock & roll” 5 or 6 piece band is back. Based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley, they are best described as “exploding out of the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, and The Waterboys”. The band have a great reputation on the live circuit. They are known as the ‘go to’ band for finishing off the night in a joyful, energetic and chorus filled way.
Amongst a host of accolades, the band, who regularly perform at festivals and venues across the North of England, has been hailed “A blur of hedonistic delight” by Fatea Showcases and “the best upbeat folk band around” by the Yorkshire Gig Guide.
With the release of their latest album “One Fine Day” the band received outstanding reviews in the national and local music press.
The album was produced by the highly regarded David Crickmore (Steve Tilston, Pete Coe, Jez Lowe) and comprises 12 new songs all written by Jon. The subject matters are varied and far-ranging including songs about the musically rich Yorkshire market town of Otley so strongly associated with the band, an economic migrant, a big road, Trump, Brexit, murder, making a new start, a highway woman, and a depressed 19th century mill worker.
One Fine Day features Jon’s excellent band throughout and guesting on guitar and backing vocals on several songs is Baz Warne from The Stranglers. Producer David Crickmore also gets to play a range of instruments on many of the tracks.
“12 excellent songs…. their best album to date… great musicians… a fine songwriter… Jon’s written his finest set of songs yet” RnR Magazine
“Outstanding folk-rock collection…. some of the finest folk rock that your writer has ever heard…. Palmer is a superb songwriter… wonderful melodies and soaring choruses, … contemporary, interesting and vibrant…style, wit and panache. Buy this album, seek out their gigs. You won’t regret it” Maverick Magazine
“the band’s best album so far…. 12 great songs… Jon’s a skilled storyteller and one of the delights of the album is listening as the songs unfold, often in unexpected ways” Folking.com
“folk-rock at its finest, with insightful song-writing and top-class musicianship” Fatea
“a superlative example of the genre…. beautifully phrased, insightfully observed, totally contemporary” TykesStirrings
“Twelve tracks of brilliance… Fairport with balls…. It’s already my album of the year for 2020. You’ll have to go some to dislodge it” Folk Roundabout
“Fully justifies the oft-invoked comparisons with hallowed acts such as Lindisfarne, The Waterboys, Merry Hell, The Saw Doctors and The Pogues” The Living Tradition