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Jonathan Asprey

Jonathan is an acoustic singer/songwriter whose roots lie in the folk/rock/artschool scene of the late sixties, when clubs like the Heart of England at the Fox & Vivian pub in Leamington Spa were the breeding ground for many a class act.

 

After art college in Exeter, a short spell in Hastings and experiments with communal living in Berkshire, the seventies saw Jon pitch up in West London, where he played residencies at the Half Moon and the Star and Garter in Putney, as well as gigs in countless clubs and pubs in the South East. Interest from record labels followed. One such, in the form of the late Theo Johnston (John Martyn, Isaac Guillory), brought Jon into the Fast Buck Studios to record a demo for an album. The album never arrived, but the engineer on that occasion was a certain Ed Hamilton, who later brought Jon back to the same studio to record the album, “Anywhere But Here…”

 

The title song from this album caught the attention of Richard Digance who, in the early eighties, was hosting his own show featuring folk and contemporary acoustic artists on Capital Radio. This lead to a number of sessions with Capital, usually accompanied at that time by bass player/vocalist John Davis. Jon eventually moved with his family back to his home territory of Devon, where he quickly became established in the thriving live music scene, most notably fronting “Shaking Ground”, an acoustic, adrenalin-driven roots rock band, combining his songwriting with Cajun, Celtic and American roots influences. He currently gigs solo or with friends from the rich pool of talent in the Exe estuary area, most of whom appear on his latest album, “Edges of the Day”, recorded and produced with Phil Beer (Show of Hands) at his Riverside Studio near Exeter.

 

 

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