Now there are many reasons as to why I love living in Portsmouth, but one thing that really stands out for me is the amount of musical talent the island has to offer, despite only living here for three years I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the local musicians and witnessing their live performances. One lad in particular, who seems to be going from strength to strength is Sam Jones aka Dirty Sky Jones, an acoustic-pop singer songwriter with a unique voice and charming presence. I went down to his EP release show to see if there really is anything 'dirty' about this young man.
Luke Ferre, another local talent was the first support for the evening, who really defines the term 'raw talent' with nothing but his guitar, his voice created a beautiful atmosphere in the room and made us all laugh with his own take on Katy Perry's 'California Gurls', which he has re-written as 'Portsmouth and Southsea Girls'. Quite the comedian!
Andrew Foster also performed prior to the headline act, with a much more mellow vibe to his music, most of us all chilled out and soaked up his voice and the atmosphere. Another musician to keep your eye on!
Eventually Dirty Sky Jones took to his stage, along with his own bit of carpet for comfort (I don't know either, ask him!). He'd already sweeten'd up the crowd by providing mini bags of gummy sweets for everyone (see what i did there?!) so already he was off to a good start! Only recently has he been playing with a backing band, and although he can still perform well by himself, the extra instruments really brought his songs to life.
As he works his way through the tracks off his new EP 'This Town' we get an insight into what goes on in his life, with songs about mishaps in the bedroom and a duet with Becky Jerams about breaking up; but don't be fooled by his good-boy charm, one listen to his lyrics and it's revealed that there really is a lot of 'dirty' in the mind of Dirty Sky Jones!
One of the great things about Dirty Sky Jones' music is that his songs are all very positive and optimistic about life, he writes about things we all go through, whether it's having a heavy night or being embarrassed about your cousin catching your whatsit on a fishing line. He's honest and that means a lot in the modern music industry, he's real and opinionated like the rest of us, it just so happens he can write fantastic songs about life.
Overall it was a fantastic afternoon spent with amazing musicians. Dirty Sky Jones' EP is available on iTunes or from his store. If you're a fan of Frank Turner, Dave McPherson or Charlie Simpson than i urge you to check this guy out and show him some support!