Poignant, nostalgic and hilarious in turns, Jake Thackray’s songs deserve a renaissance. Jake was an outstanding singer-songwriter; Ron Middleton and Paul Kearns performing as Jake in the Box continue to celebrate the work of this unique and sadly missed troubadour.
The Derbyshire duo have been friends since university days and always had a shared love of music and performing.
Ron, a former civil engineer and college lecturer, who lives in Wirksworth, loves acting and story telling and has performed many leading roles in local films, plays and pantomimes.
Paul, a former chartered engineer and teacher, whose home is in in Derbyshire, studied guitar at the Musicians Institute London. His performances include playing at Ronnie Scott’s Singer Songwriters festivals. Back in the day, Paul also reached the finals of the UK Guitarist of the Year magazine competition.
They are both hooked on Jake Thackray’s brilliantly crafted songs and have performed a growing repertoire extensively across Derbyshire venues to much acclaim. Ron and Paul are committed to producing as close an authentic sound as possible to the original performances.
Jake in the Box are gaining recognition on the festival circuit (eXile Music Festival, Maddy Priors Stepping Stones Festival, Lechlade Music Festival, Forgotten Lands Festival, Acoustic Festival of Britain) and are delighted to have new opportunities to perform Jake’s songs to audiences further afield.