It’s always a pleasant surprise to discover new artists on a bill that’s dominated by bands you’re already familiar with. Jasmine turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve ever come across at a gig.
The idea of the acoustic protest singer is out of fashion these days. Unless you’re Frank Turner. But it isn’t entirely clear that you can class playing stadiums with a professional backing band while you drop you’re carefully considered one-liners to a synchronised light show as being an acoustic “protest singer”. Which isn’t to say that Martyn McKenzie is a protest singer, but with “Old Lands” he’s brought together the emotive tugging of introspective acoustic music together with a thought-provoking political message. When was the last time someone like Frank Turner did that? Excepting that time he put the word ‘fuck’ in a song.