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.
In the late 1980’s, Ron heard Mike Harding performing “On Again, On Again” at Stainsby Festival and sat with a grin all the way through. Recalling earlier Jake songs that he had heard on the BBC TV magazine programmes “That’s Life!” and “Braden’s Week”, he knew that Paul would be as taken with the guitar playing as he was with the lyrics and singing style.
They were both soon hooked on Jake’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 starting to be recognised on the festival circuit (Maddy Priors Stepping Stones Festival 2107, Lechlade Music Festival 2019, Forgotten Lands Festival 2019) and are delighted to have new opportunities to perform Jake’s songs to audiences further afield .