The Noble Jacks 


The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, April 27

THE Jacks raised the roof at the launch of their album “What the Hammer” in Brighton on Friday.

The gig at the end of their UK tour was a sell out with disappointed fans being turned away at the doors.

The four-man folk rock outfit, who are now based in Brighton, have a stomping style that is reminiscent of the Pogues at their driving best.

The band have been perfecting their style gigging continuously at pubs and clubs throughout the UK playing at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Bestival.

Will Page leads from the front on vocals and fiddle backed by two guitars and drums.

The evening got off to a rip-roaring start with Gun Hill and Another Day before finishing off with Late Night Train and Betterman before the inevitable encore and barnstorming crowd favourite Blacksmith Stomp.

Imagine a Tennessee barn fest replete with line dancers, ramp up the sound a bit, add some hoe down fiddle playing and you will have a picture of these Sussex musicians.

Despite their commitment to their record company, the Jack’s first love is for performing live with an emphasis on energy, excitement and crunching music.

The band which evolved from a chance meeting at university, have a busy schedule lined up for the spring with bookings at the Black Deer, Isle of Wight and Walled Garden Music Festivals as well as Brighton’s Great Escape.

With such a demand for tickets, isn’t it time to move to a larger Brighton venue to accommodate the demand? Concorde 2? The Rialto?

The boys are clearly victims of their own success and are destined for bigger and better things. Bring it on.