For anyone who remembers the songs of Jake Thackray with affection and delight, Jake in the Box is for you. Poignant, nostalgic and hilarious by turns Thackray’s songs deserve a renaissance and Ron and Paul have a mission to breath new life into them.
In the late 80’s, Ron heard Mike Harding performing “On Again, On Again” at Stainsby Festival and sat with a grin all the way through. Recalling earlier songs from Jake Thackray that he had seen on “That’s Life” and “On the Braden Beat”, he knew that Paul would be as taken with the guitar playing as he was with the lyrics and singing style. After a bit of research and practice Paul and Ron were hooked and regularly performed the occasional Thackray song at local Derbyshire venues to much acclaim.
Having discovered the work of John Watterson and the Jake Thackray website, Paul and Ron continued to learn a wider range of Jake’s work, committed to producing as close an authentic sound as possible to the original versions. Now performing up to twenty songs their following has continued to grow and they are welcomed at venues wherever they go.
Jake Thackray was an outstanding musician and songwriter; Ron and Paul performing as “Jake in the Box” continue to celebrate the work of this unique and sadly missed troubadour.