Jake's second album, “Common Ground” is available now. A collaboration with virtuoso guitar duo Lot Lorien, “Common Ground” re-energises traditional British folk lyrics with new musical settings, placing Jake's instantly-recognisable English voice against Bulgarian-tinged rhythms and melodies, and showcasing his distinctive Del Vecchio Dinâmico resonator guitar on its intricate instrumental tracks.
Jake’s extraordinary debut album, “All’s Well”, imagines the final thoughts of Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and the members of his polar party, as they faced certain death on their return journey from the South Pole. Released 100 years after these tragic events unfolded, “All’s Well” was praised by relatives and descendants of the polar team, endorsed by the Scott Polar Research Institute, and described as “a cultural masterpiece for the Scott centenary”.
In 2013, Jake travelled to Antarctica to perform “All’s Well” in its entirety in Captain Scott’s original expedition hut at Cape Evans.
On 3rd March 2013, Jake reached Cape Evans in Antarctica, and fulfilled his dream of performing his songs in the actual hut where Captain Scott and his team lived and worked before setting out for the South Pole. Conditions at the Hut were perfect: sunshine, blue skies, no wind, and a temperature of around -13 degrees.
Jake received special permission for this performance-of-a-lifetime from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and reached the Hut with Antarctic travel experts Oceanwide Expeditions. To cope with the extreme conditions in the Hut, Jake performed on a Rainsong graphite guitar.
Jake Wilson is a folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose strongest influences are Richard Thompson and Chet Atkins. Before his recent collaboration with Lot Lorien, Jake was blessed with the opportunity to accompany the late folk fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick.