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6.30pm Album signing
“It's a wintry ode with a fantastical streak - Cruickshank's offering has one foot on this mortal plane, but the other is lost between worlds.”
“A guitar legend”
“A lush folk sound”
From fuzz guitars to the banjo and mandolin, the music of Jamie Cruickshank is experimentation on strings. Born and raised in Bristol, Jamie is a musician and songwriter heavily influenced by folk music from the British Isles and Appalachia. He writes his experiences of family, change and mathematics into song, creating a musical landscape of home, mountain, sea and city.
As a solo artist, Jamie recently supported Lucy Dacus on her European tour, as well as opening for Michael Nau, James Yorkston and Mishka Shubaly. He has performed multiple times for SOFAR, he has played WOMAD and Farmfest. As lead guitar and vocals for The Gnarwhals and Human Bones he has played Shambala and supported Yak, Sunflower Bean and FIDLAR.
In 2014, during his final year studying mathematics at Oxford University, Jamie was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an incredibly debilitating illness that left him mostly bedbound. Jamie made the decision to move back into his parent’s house in Bristol, one that would later become the subject matter of his EP, ‘Worn Through’.
Jamie explains, “I’m a mathematician, and the themes through the record are mathematical descriptions of nature and family relationships and communication. I tried to show that family networks are fractals: space-filling patterns that are infinitely detailed - I compare lines of family communication with natural fractals such as the silhouettes of winter trees, coastlines and clouds.”
During this isolating time in his childhood bedroom, Jamie set himself a goal to build a studio in the room. Over the course of two years, Jamie got to work assembling the studio with the help of YouTube tutorials, first starting by building the studio’s wooden frame from scratch, initially getting out of bed for just one hour a day. Whilst the remainder of Jamie’s days were for rest, this didn’t stop him from also working on his music, which he describes as being “extremely therapeutic” during this difficult time.
The result is an atmospheric folk-infused, four-track EP that follows Jamie’s journey from the darker days to the brighter ones. It is a testament to Jamie’s instinctive, musical drive and love of his craft.
The ‘Worn Through’ EP is available now for digital download and streaming via independent record label, Breakfast Records, which Jamie co-founded.