The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, his the songs sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark The Magic Lantern out as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.
“Excellent, intriguing and compelling, a man to watch” The Guardian
Saxophonist and songwriter Angus Fairbairn (Alabaster DePlume) is joined in his theatrical presentation of music and verse by Jamie Doe (The Magic Lantern) on piano/keys. Their set centres around communication, both between their two personalities, and between the contrasting characters of the vocal and instrumental material.
“Part Leonard Cohen, part jazz saxophonist and something of the Ivor Cutler… He has written some of my favourite songs,” says Daniel Green of LAISH.
Wilf Merttens is an award winning storyteller and poet. He has made it his business to collect the little ribbons and cut offs of stories that gather in old men’s sock drawers and obscure chat rooms. He mixes them up with his dirty finger in an old jar until they make a dark and childish syrup.