Wrap Yourself in a Warm Blanket of Folk – Meet – Gallery 47

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There is a lot of videos and some music for you to give a listen to. This young man has enough talent to restore your faith in the whole idea that we are in desperate need of a new generation of singer-songwriters.

For fans of… Iron & Wine, Ultimate Painting, Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, The Shins
Set for release on 11th November 2016 via AWAL (Artists Without A Label) / Bad Production Records, Gallery 47’s latest album Clean is a collection of heartfelt, melancholic melodies written and performed by songwriter Jack Peachey accompanied by a manifesto of local Nottingham musicians.

Following the release of Jack’s sophomore album, All Will Be Well in 2014, Gallery 47 set off on tour with Paul Weller across Europe and signed a publishing deal with BMG Berlin shortly after. The album revolved around a badly timed break-up during a period where Jack was facing health problems, forcing him to leave his job. Since then the couple reunited and married, hence the title All Will Be Well.
Clean is Jack’s third album, which is a departure from his previous release. His latest album mirrors All Will Be Well by expressing his new found peace with songs like ‘Never Alone’ and ‘Dream Real’. Jack’s ability to reflect on personal experiences feels similar to the likes of Bob Dylan’s raw writing style mixed with Iron & Wine’s soft, bittersweet sound

Meet – Gallery 47

1) For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

My name is Jack Peachey. I’m a 27 year old London musician, originally from Nottingham. I’m an English student. I’m married. I’ve produced 3 albums so far and I’ve recorded a few new ones for the next year or so. I think I’m a nice person and I hope I can make some people feel better with some of my songs, even if it might not be for everybody.

2) Who would you list as your musical influence?.

Most of all at the moment I’m listening to Neil Young, but also….just an impossible question! Earlier on I said Brian Wilson to the same question, now I’m saying Neil Young. I think I even said Norah Jones once, and in a way she is. I see my favourite musicians as talented and honest people – you get the insights of a friend without having to reveal anything about yourself, which might be why so many introspective types are also massive music fans. But I do tend to talk nonsense from time to time.

3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

I supported Paul Weller on tour in Germany for two dates in Hamburg and Berlin in 2014. I was incredibly hungry and they were really generous with the food and drink and everything, but I was so worried I might actually bump into Paul or one of the band members and say the wrong thing that I kept running off to this little bakery I found down the road, so I had a diet mostly of German pretzels for the majority of that trip. And then I came off stage and walked right into him but something about the crazyness of playing to lots of people had temporarily suspended my anxieties, and it meant that for a brief moment I could speak to an icon without any need for worry.

4) What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years.

I just want to get some of these albums out really. I wrote a lot of my new songs back in 2013 and 2014, and some much more recently in 2015, but it’s also been quite a patient time. There’s a temptation to write a new song, declare it your best, record it on a whim and release it to the world within a few days sometimes. But generally I think it is better, especially as an independent, to plan ahead and make sure you do it right. Sometimes I feel a bit disappointed that my first two albums haven’t reached too many people, but every time I listen to Elliott Smith I chart his public progress against the dates of his early albums, and I imagine when those songs were written, when they were first demo’ed, produced, recorded etc. – it must be strange for songwriters sometimes to be sick of their own material before anyone else has heard it.

5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

I’m just discovering “Silver & Gold” by Neil Young because we heard him playing “Razor Love” at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam this year. I know it was released maybe a decade or more ago, but it’s new to me. I really liked Natalie Duncan’s first solo album as well – “The Devil In Me” – and when I heard “Ten Silver Drops” by The Secret Machines a few years ago it changed my sonic world!! Sometimes I really wish I could be in a band like that, really atmospheric, electric, loud music. But in practice I’m too sensible and I wouldn’t want to be false either.

6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Well I’m not sure. It’s definitely incredibly useful and I’m happy that there are so many easily-accessible podiums out there for people to connect with others without having to go through a corporate membrane. But it has all been monetized now which is sad because it means that everyone will be paying for ads and stuff when musicians are already, well not traditionally seen as, the most financially-stable types.

7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

In the past I have tried desperately to be nice to people, or to be both honest and myself but also not overbearing or pressurizing or sycophantic. And sometimes people have been perfectly kind and perfectly human to me, only to write something quite snide about me in a review or something like that, even if it’s a good review. So, you might get a few compliments or comparisons to respected, well-regarded musicians, and then they’ll talk about the fact I’m 5 ft 7 or they’ll say I talk like James Blunt or something like that. Once I had someone say that I clearly wasn’t trying to be cool as I was happy to be unfashionable, which hurt my feelings. Once a manager I had told me that my skin was dry and that I needed to learn about skin cream! And all along I’m just thinking, “Ouch, this hurts….why are they saying these things?”. If people, reviewers, critics, if people really want to be constructive and help, or if they prefer one type of song to another, or think you could improve in some way and they think you’re capable of that, then by all means I think it’s really important to listen to that kind of feedback. But at the same time it is nice to be nice and I definitely think that if people really harbour hurtful impressions of an artist, then they should try to imagine how it would feel if that was said about them before saying it themselves. But that’s just my opinion, and probably why I wouldn’t make a very good critic.

8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

I would really love to go to America one day because there is such a great heritage for country and acoustic music there. It’s something I haven’t been around very much but it would be interesting to go to Nashville and places like that to learn more about that kind of songwriting.

9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Whenever I feel incredibly unhappy, it’s often one song or other which has the singular power to grant me a smile, even if its a cathartic one. I’m not sure if it can save the soul but it can definitely change the world.

10) Any last thoughts for your fans?

I’ve drank two brahma beers and one cup of tea since beginning this interview, and just so you know, it’s my 27th birthday tomorrow! Thank you very much for reading! – Jack xx

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From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife , 4 great kids and two granddaughters!! I’m a lucky guy!

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