The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.
Glymjack is an English folk act led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald.
Throughout 2018, Greg is joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner – a ‘powerhouse instrumentalist’ according to fRoots and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
Glymjack’s debut album “Light the Evening Fire” is released in April 2018, produced with Show of Hands legend Phil Beer.
Described as “a dynamic, fiddle driven force to be reckoned with” (Maverick’s Alison Moore), or simply “brilliant folk music” (fRoots’ Simon Jones), the album is pitched somewhere between the fiddle-led English folk music of Show of Hands and the gritty Americana of Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen.
Phil Beer’s and Steve Knightley’s roles in the making of the Light the Evening Fire album
mark the creative zenith of a musical relationship that began when a teenage Greg drunkenly cornered the pair with a demo at a gig – an incident, immortalised in the Show of Hands song “Be Lucky”, which would lead to song-writing sessions, studio collaborations, and to Greg joining the Phil Beer Band.
“Top English folk music”
“Greg McDonald reminds you why you got into music in the first place”
TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6MUSIC
“Deeply rooted in English folk music… a force to be reckoned with”