Wildwood Jack are Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, a husband and wife duo who were brought together by a love of music when they first met at Hull University in 1991 and they’ve been travelling on musical journeys ever since. Settling in Hastings in East Sussex in 2002 they played in various musical projects including Samba bands, ukulele sextets and a cabaret trio, all the while gathering and writing songs.
Music took them further and further afield and as they began to experience travels and adventures they longed to hit the road full-time. In June 2013 they took the big step and sold up to begin an inspirational journey that’s taken them all over Europe, the UK and New Zealand. Playing at acoustic clubs, folk clubs, cafes, bars, house concerts, festivals and even busking, they’ve brought people from all over the world to their timeless style of acoustic folk and jazz music.
They released their first album, Anytime now in 2011 under their own names. Leading UK music magazine R2 described it as “Quality songwriting, engaging, uplifting and filled with memorable melodies” before adding that it was “a perfect Summer soundtrack”. They followed this with a second album The Firefly and the Half Diamond in 2012 which was equally well received, SHIRE FOLK claimed it to be “Melodic and sophisticated, FATEA Showcase said that “it was an album full of great songs” whilst NETRYTHMS described it as “genuinely uplifting” with “intensely adept acoustic guitar stylings.
The duo are now known as Wildwood Jack having taken their name from the independent spirit of music that knows no boundaries. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing, drawing influences from folk, americana and world music. Their wide repertoire never fails to surprise audiences coming as it does from the most eclectic songbook imaginable, instrumental pieces and of course, their own heart-warming original songs. Their latest CD, Retrospective, is available now and it contains some of the best tracks from their first two albums along with some great new songs. Come along to North Bar Folk Club on Saturday 8th of April and enjoy an evening in the company of Wildwood Jack.