House Of Jacks

Blair Dunlop

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Folk, Singer Songwriter
Rooksmere Records
May 26, 2014

Format: Compact Disc



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Limited Autographed Edition now sold out, standard CD will now be supplied.

'House Of Jacks' is the highly anticipated second album by the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop. 2012's achingly beautiful 'Blight & Blossom', one of the year's best folk albums, established Blair as an artist with an exciting career ahead and led to him receiving the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

'House of Jacks' more than lives up to that promise; a collection of beautifully crafted songs that are influenced, but not confined, by his folk roots. Whereas 'Blight & Blossom' was deliberately light in its production, on 'House of Jacks' Blair's trademark guitar styling is enriched with a broader palette of instruments to create a more contemporary sound and a very special record.

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A vital bridge between Brit-Folk's first and latest flowerings" (4*)

Q Magazine

Complex and intimate folk-tinged follow up to 2012's 'Blight & Blossom'. Scheduled for release in the UK on May 26, singer/guitarist Blair Dunlop's second album continues to build on the foundations he laid so memorably with his debut. (4*)


Old folk meets nu and gets on famously well. The son of Fairport Convention/Albion Band co-founder Ashley Hutchings, Blair Dunlop is as chalk to Marling and Mumford revisionist-folk's cheese. Although just 22, his music comes from the same place as the original late-'60s Brit folders on this second solo album. Dunlop is a storyteller, dealing with schoolboy bullying on 'Something's Gonna' Give Way' or the tale of a young Italian footballer leaving his village at the start of a daunting career in 'The Ballad of Enzo Laviano'. It's on the conceptual pair of tracks '45s (c.69)' and '45s (c.14)', where he contrasts two generations of hipsters hanging outside the same club 45 years apart, that his imagination really takes flight, though, giving an exciting glimpse of where "tradition" folk-rock might go. (4*)

Q Magazine (June 2014) - Andy Fyfe

"Son of Fairport co-founder Ashley Hutchings unveils accomplished second. The acclaimed, (Radio 2 Folk) award-winning 2012 debut 'Blight & Blossom' introduced Dunlop as a keen-eyed songwriting talent in minimal settings. This time the compositions are still thoughtful and exploratory and, although a tendency to emphatic angst dulls on the over-earnest "45s (c.'14)", producer Mark Hutchinson is fully attuned to Dunlop's musical resourcefulness. The lucid finger-plucking of instrumental "Viola's Reverie" and the caustic electric guitar drive of "Different Schools" highlight the compelling flair and spirit nurtured during Blair's apprenticeship fronting The Albion Band. Consider the family tradition in good, forward-thinking hands". (8/10)

Uncut Magazine (June 2014) - Gavin Martin


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Key Value
Catalogue number RRCD112
Barcode 5052442005216
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 6mm x 126mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Something's Gonna Give Way 03:50
2. 45s (c.'69) 03:31
3. Fifty Shades of Blue 04:31
4. House of Jacks 04:10
5. Chain by Design 05:32
6. Different Schools 04:15
7. Viola's Reverie 02:41
8. The Ballad of Enzo Laviano 05:26
9. The Station 03:57
10. 45s (c.'14) 04:31
11. Song of Two Bridges 04:29