JASON McNIFF PRESS
One of the UK's best kept secrets
A triumph of English-Americana
The nearest thing out there to Bob Dylan and the Band
Sean Rowley, BBC Radio London
Dark songs of drunkenness and murder!
A troubadour and one of the best singer/songwriters we have in this country
Not just a good songwriter, a truly great one
Americana UK 9/10
Album of the Year for 2nd album Nobody's Son
as voted for by the staff at Americana UK
Jason McNiff is a London based Yorkshireman of Irish and Polish descent. He has made four records of what are loosely described as Alt. Country or Americana, yet there is something very British about him. As Time Out attests, 'McNiff's quiet, intimate, fragile-sounding vocals draw you into his world - a melancholy, almost timeless place, through which he drifts, a romantic loner, a dreamer, at home with the blues.'
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Released 12th September 2011 on Fledg'ling Records www.thebeesknees.com
"April Cruel is Bradford-born Jason McNiff's 4th studio album. Dubbed 'serious talent ... the old fashioned way' by MOJO magazine, McNiff is a guitar wielding troubadour of Polish and Irish descent. Here, he has collated a wealth of travelling, gigging, gambling and chaotic adventure into this fresh, beguiling gem of a record. Shanty ballads of Yorkshire love affairs, divorce and partisan soldiers depict a world where the past still shapes our future. In McNiff's dexterous fingers, European folk is reborn with the vigour and enchantment of a songwriter who has arrived at his artistic destination. Tales of loss, war and domestic bickering evolve into sweet, poetic triumph." - Sarah Gillespie, Jazz singer and poet (www.sarahgillespie.com)
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Off the Rails.
The first album, recorded on 1/2 inch reel to reel at a closing down 'studio' in Wandsworth, South London. Produced by Andy Hank Dog, released by Snowstorm records in 2000.
'An Old Country Tune' from the album 'Off The Rails'
Americana UK album of the year 2003, very much a lo-fi home recording, engineered and mixed by Jason. Again released by Snowstorm.
'I Remember You' from the album 'Nobody's Son'
Recorded in Bath in Somerset, this record has a full band and was released on Grand Drive's label, Wonky Atlas in 2006. BBC London DJ, Sean Rowley featured this album heavily on his saturday night show, describing it as ' the nearest thing out there to Dylan and the band '.
The title track from the album 'Another Man'
In My Time.
A Snowstorm compiled comp. of the previous three, plus live track. Released 2008.
'Hard Times' from the album 'In My Time'
Tomorrow Never Knows / Hills Of Rome.
Beatles classic made for a Mojo covermount, released as a digital only single by Wonky Atlas.
'Tomorrow Never Knows'
Released 2011 on Fledg'ling Records. A 'fresh, beguiling gem of a record'.
'Tombola' from the album 'April Cruel'
- 18 Dec 2013
Cellar Venue, Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London