26th March 2015
Photograph by Danny North
Upon talking with Jon Gomm, (if you were ever to get the opportunity)
you would have an instantaneous realisation of having a very real connection
with this fellow, in a common appreciation of the fact that the man clearly
grows in character and strength from a vast past of what could (allegedly)
be described as pain and angst - as have we all perhaps?
However, we have not all progressed through a birth right skill such
as this man. Definitively blessed with the ability, dexterity and talent
to play a guitar as if it were a full band of musicians, with a voice
to match the sheer heart of this collective, you cannot help but be interested
in what he has to, not only say, but sing about too.
His recent live performance at Leaf on Bold Street was nothing less than
a superior evening spent in great company, on a comfortably humane level
of humbleness and honesty, with the icing on the proverbial cake being
that Gomm is actually a true genius of musical note.
After picking up a ukulele at the very tender age of two, to transitioning
onto guitar, to then following his musical appreciative father to all
the ‘blues’ clubs and venues in and around Blackpool from
the age of 10, to turning down a place at Oxford University, to go study
at the Guitar Institute in London, to tirelessly touring all the best
‘small independent’ venues from the UK to Brazil to Europe,
to anywhere that pops up on the Gommometer Musical Adventures, to affectedly
being tweeted about by no other than bigwig social media fanatic Stephen
Fry, to landing on Liverpool’s very own Leaf Tea Shop stage (under
the umbrella of Liverpool Acoustic key organiser/booking guru Graham Holland),
to absolutely ‘wowing’ everyone.
Nothing less than a whopping roller coaster ride, it really was a delight
to hear not only his original creations but also his scintillating takes
on Kate Bush, Chaka Khan and Bob Marley, with the latter...etc, etc.
There possibly now is no more waiting in vain for Gomm, as his future
career looks set to continue to glitter.
His third studio album, ‘The Secrets Nobody Keeps’, helping
drive him forward with the world now at his bare feet (a noted view of
his naked toes on stage as he plays without socks or shoes), and the fact
that he also quite happily involves everyone in his skill by giving an
unpretentious ‘lesson in guitar playing’ during his captivating
set. This is an artist that should be on everyone’s ‘to see
Turn off the TV and the radio, and go venture to see the whiz kid brilliance
that is Jon Gomm.
You can find out everything you want to know about him via his website
follow his journey on twitter .