Glymjack is an English folk act led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald.and throughout 2018 he is touring as an acoustic trio with fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.
“Light”, said Leonardo Da Vinci, who knew a little about the subject, “shines most where the place is darkest”.
Produced with Show of Hands’ Phil Beer, and featuring Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes alongside Sam Kelly percussionist Evan Carson and fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, the English folk-roots act debut album LIGHT THE EVENING FIRE is released in April 2018.
Previously described as “brilliant folk music” (fRoots), Glymjack’s music is pitched somewhere between the gritty Americana of Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen and the string-laden indie-folk of Blue Rose Code.
Fittingly, the name “Glymjack” is itself a nod to a dark chapter of English folk history, taken from Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern. Phil Beer and Steve Knightley’s roles in the making of the Light the Evening Fire album mark the creative zenith of a musical relationship that began when a teenage Greg drunkenly cornered the pair with a demo at a gig – an incident, immortalised in the Show of Hands song “Be Lucky”, which would ultimately lead to Beer suggesting the studio collaboration out of which the Light the Evening Fire album grew.
“Greg McDonald reminds you why you got into music in the first place”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 music
For more information and to find details of their extensive 2018 tour, visit http://www.glymjack.com