“One of the best guitarists and songwriters around today... Jake positively oozes with talent” – Dave Swarbrick
After training as a classical violinist and piano player, Jake went to India to study the sitar. He then focused his attention on the guitar, inspired particularly by the playing of British folk-rock pioneer, Richard Thompson. Jake now plays the guitar with ex-Fairport Convention fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick, who spotted him as one of his support acts at the Goose is Out folkclub.
Jake worked as a researcher for the acclaimed BBC art history series, “The Private Life of a Masterpiece” for a number of years. More recently, he has spent a lot of time investigating the life and work of Roald Dahl, carrying out research for “Storyteller”, Donald Sturrock’s official biography of Dahl. He has also been heavily involved with the work of the novelist Russell Hoban.