– Preorder ‘Live In The Acoustic Asylum’ Album
(Released 8th September via Performing Chimp)
– Watch ‘Guitar Star’ TV Appearance on Sky Arts Youtube Channel
– October 2015 UK Headline Tour Dates
“5 million views and counting can’t be wrong” – Guitar World
“One of the most successful, gifted and inspirational guitarists” – Acoustic Magazine
“Jaw-dropping manoeuvres and technique, spectacularly beautiful songs.” – Blues & Soul Magazine
“The kind of songs only the dead could fail to be moved by” – The Musical Melting Pot
“An incredibly enjoyable and truly memorable listening experience” – Cultured Vultures [9/10]
“Genuinely breathtaking” – What Culture
“Wonderful to watch. Genius.” – Stephen Fry
Our favourite acoustic maestro Jon Gomm today reveals a brand new blistering live video for ‘The Weather Machine’ – the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming ‘Live In The Acoustic Asylum’ album which is set for release on 8th September via his own label, Performing Chimp.
A raucous onslaught of Arabic influence, heavy-metal scales and even at times elements of funk, it’s a politically charged track that examines the Western role in arming dictators like Gadaffi and the consequences of those actions. Acting as an angry metaphor for Western anti-terror propaganda, the central character of the president or prime minister is represented as a Wild West snake oil salesman, striking fear into the hearts of local townspeople with tales of terrible invaders in an effort to bring Western corporate control to their politics and, of course, their oil fields. The Weather Machine in question is supposed to bring rain to the desert, but instead it rains down fire and destruction.
As Jon explains: “It’s about the way Western politicians use violent crises in the Middle East as an excuse to sell weapons. After the Arab spring sprung in Tunisia, various dictators around North Africa and the Middle East were looking at their own populations, worried that they might rise up in revolution. David Cameron, never one to miss an opportunity, flew to Cairo with eight British businessmen – “defence contractors” aka arms manufacturers, and we sold more British weapons that day than in any single say in history.”
“We tooled up dictators. Our biggest customer was Colonel Gaddafi of Libya. And he was right to tool up, because his people did rise up in revolution. And Cameron, with no apparent sense of irony, sent British troops, to defend the people of Libya, from Gadaffi’s men and their brand new British weapons. The revolution won, Gadaffi was overthrown. And Cameron went to Tripoli and gave a speech to the assembled masses, and was hailed as a hero. It’s so sick it’s almost funny. It’s gonna frighten some of my purely acoustic-oriented fans, but for me there’s more to being a singer-songwriter than painting pretty pictures.”
Jon will also be hitting the road throughout September on dates in Canada, then home to the UK in October for a run of rescheduled headline dates, with a third new track to be released alongside the album. Tour dates in Asia are planned for the end of 2015.
Live In The Acoustic Asylum is released 8th September via Performing Chimp
Jon Gomm 2015 Live Dates:
September 10th 2015 – Leeds, UK
September 12th 2015 – London Acoustic Guitar Show, UK
September 13th 2015 – Masterclass – London Acoustic Guitar Show, UK
September 19th 2015 – Port Hope, CANADA
September 20th 2015 – Toronto, CANADA
September 22nd 2015 – Quebec, CANADA
September 24th 2015 – London, CANADA
September 25th 2015 – Kitchener, CANADA
September 26th 2015 – Calgary, CANADA
September 27th 2015 – Vancouver, CANADA
October 15th 2015 – Huddersfield, UK
October 17th 2015 – Devizes, UK
October 18th 2015 – Bristol, UK
October 20th 2015 – Milton Keynes, UK
October 21st 2015 – London, UK
October 24th 2015 – Cardiff, UK
October 25th 2015 – Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
October 27th 2015 – Southampton, UK
Venue information and tickets at www.jongomm.com
More about Jon:
Jon’s breakthrough video ‘Passionflower’ is now at 9 million Youtube hits and over 13 million across Facebook, leading to him finally crossing off his goal of playing a show on every continent on Earth to a devoted and ever-growing audience. Notable sold out international gigs include the legendary Basement in Sydney, the 100 Years Honour Hall in Beijing, the 100 Club in London, The Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg, Bourbon Street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Cabaret Sauvage in Paris and many more. He has also appeared at festivals as diverse as Electric Picnic in Ireland and Download Festival at Castle Donnington, to the prestigious Heinsberg Classical Music Festival in Germany.
In other exciting news, Jon also appears in a brand new Sky Arts television series, Guitar Star, featuring as a mentor for the show which also stars the likes of Tony Iommi, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Milos Karadaglic, Lee Ritenour, Paco Pena and judges Nitin Sawnhey, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan. The semi-final episode featuring Jon can be watched on YouTube here.
His unique human-interest story has prompted performances on TV talk shows around the world, from BBC Breakfast to Jo Soares in Brazil (which has an estimated 10 million viewers worldwide).