Sunday 17th November
LUKE CONCANNON & JIMMY DAVIS
Co-headline album release show for two Midlands artists championed by Ed Sheeran.
Luke Concannon (Nizlopi-JCB Song) is fresh from finishing his new album, inspired by his hitch-hiking mission to Palestine. This is Soul fired, Folk Hip-Hop from the depths.
Full of life, music, and stories, his gigs are exuberant and fierce! He loves to get people involved, so get ready to sing and dance. These gigs are passionate life or death struggles to ‘give everything’ and to engage the people in an act of celebration and dissolution in to music.
With Nizlopi, Luke experienced the heights of Top Of The Pops, playing Wembley Arena, Hyde Park to 20000 people, and selling close to one million records, all from an independent family and friends run record label based in one room in his parent’s house.
‘Political, intense, angular, and beautiful’ – Colin Murray, BBC
‘My Childhood hero’ – Ed Sheeran
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Jimmy Davis speaks for a voiceless generation, who long for an end to the injustices and lack of care that blight the world.
The authenticity and realness need not be hyped. He might be the skinny kid from the gutter you chose to ignore…the same kid who grew up to boss the boardroom. He might be waving a placard, marching at the front of the ‘stop the war’ demo, or perhaps he’s the unassuming guy making changes in his life to ensure a slightly rosier future for the planet. Perhaps even the bloke in the boozer waxing lyrical about football, politics and global issues.
With the world poised on the brink of change, a time when there are more questions than answers, Davis emerges with music that touches heart and soul, that speaks to strong family ties and connected communities…to greater care for the earth and, vitally, more fun, more laughter, more dancing, more quintessentially English antics.
Davis’ kindness, humility and generosity are self-evident. Equally unmissable is his razor tongue and words – establishing him as a standout artist in the emerging field of conscious lyricism and his fans and collaborators include Ed Sheeran, Luke Concannon, Blak Twang and Damien Dempsey.
Jimmy and his band The Barefoot Apostles have also crafted a dazzling live show through performing at Glastonbury, Oxjam and Birmingham Artsfest, as well as supporting friend Ed Sheeran at both his Brixton Academy and Shepherd’s Bush Empire gigs and performing alongside Ed with chart hit ‘You Need Me I Don’t Need You’ on stage at Croissant Neuf.
‘Big love to @jimmydavisdavis – just bought his album ‘belief passion commitment’ from iTunes, wicked vibes, great words! Brum’s finest’ – Ed Sheeran
‘The last time I heard Jimmy Davis was in a kitchen in Kilburn County, London. The room was full of deadly musicians but Jimmy put us all to shame when his poetry swelled with love and passion and anger and eloquence, so rhythmic and urgent and informative, the roof nearly blew off the place! In my mind it did. I could see the stars, he blew me cranium wide open!’ – Damien Dempsey
Tickets: £7.50 (+ 75p booking fee)
Box Office: 0871 472 0400 | www.glee.co.uk/birmingham