Joe McCorriston’s not happy when he pops into the office for a chat this week.
Band practice had to be cancelled due to illness, and it’s clear he’s raring to go to prepare for his first “one off” full band show at The Yorkshire House on December 14.
He soon mellows out though when we start talking about his favourite subject - music – and I discover a genuine, confident and dynamic young man with a soft spot for tea and a drive that’s already taking him places.
Joe’s cousin has got a lot to answer for – he lent him a guitar when Joe was eight, and 11 years later, with one album already under his belt, he’s touring the UK playing 16 gigs in 15 days with Gaz Brookfield, taking his gig tally this year to 131.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “We got some really good crowds and it’s also been great because this time I’ve come back with a bit of cash!”
Joe is his own manager, preferring the DIY ethic.
“I don’t see the need for a manager and record label. But there may be a point in the future that I get so busy I’ll need some help, so I suppose it would be logical then. These days you can get your stuff on iTunes and Spotify, and technology means you can make excellent home recordings.
“Record a demo, whack it up online, send out emails, make connections...”
The former Our Lady’s High School pupil, who is currently doing a music technology diploma at Lancaster and Morecambe College, confesses to “wanting to be” Robbie Williams as a youngster, and was also inspired by McFly, Green Day and Billy Joel.
“I always used to get up and sing, but I’d never thought about it seriously. Then I saw Frank Turner perform and I thought ‘I can do this’. I recorded some demos in 2010, and I had my first gig at Costa in Morecambe in 2011. I loved it. Then Blackheart Afterglow gave me a pub gig supporting them, and it’s just taken off since then.”
Joe is now working on the follow up to his debut album Try As You Might, to be recorded at LMC Studios in January.
“The new album is going to blow everyone’s socks off,” he smiles.
“And I promise the full band gig will be a great show.”
Joe will be joined on stage at The Yorkie by drummer Marc Holland, guitarist Charlie Galloway and bassist Charlie Burns. Entry is £4. Support comes from The Dead Puppeteers, Dru Blues and Ieuan Williams.