Throughout 2018, Glymjack tour as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.
Froots describes Glymjack as “folk-roots with attitude”, with Acoustic calling the Light the Evening Fire album “as good as contemporary folk comes” and Maverick declaring “every song is a tour de force”.
Greg’s songs have previously been called “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots).
Phil Beer’s and Steve Knightley’s roles in the making of the Light the Evening Fire album
mark the creative zenith of a musical relationship that began when a teenage Greg drunkenly cornered the pair with a demo at a gig – an incident, immortalised in the Show of Hands song “Be Lucky”, which would lead to song-writing sessions, studio collaborations, and to Greg joining the Phil Beer Band.