Red Lion Folk Club
Wednesday February 20th
Glymjack is an English folk act led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald.
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.
Throughout 2018, Glymjack toured as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by 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.
Their ‘Light the Evening Fire’ album has received rave reviews and Phil Beer’s and Steve Knightley’s roles in its making 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 lead to song-writing sessions, studio collaborations, and to Greg joining the Phil Beer Band.
Light the Evening Fire’s acoustic-roots sound belies the album’s unflinching vision of Brexit Britain, as it takes aim at social issues from immigration to homelessness. Set against that darkening landscape, closing epic Bright Sparks draws inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball and suffragette Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify ‘an alternative, progressive, radical English tradition’.
‘As good as contemporary folk comes… and with all three members of Show of Hands onboard, although Light the Evening Fire is no tribute album, Greg’s are the kind of finely crafted songs Show of Hands have long made their own’ - Acoustic
‘Virtually every song is a tour-de-force… the overall sound is very much in the English folk tradition but it’s the songs that make Glymjack such a spectacular listen and what songs they are… if you like music that has substance, quality and style then this is for you.’ - Maverick
‘Leading the enlarging environs of folk… Light the Evening Fire is well on its way to becoming a classic’ - Folkwords
‘Album of the month, absolutely gorgeous’ - CJ Thorpe-Tracey, Midnight Campfire Folk Show, Totally Radio
‘Amazing original songs and some strange and lovely traditional music’ - Genevieve Tudor