Big shows on the way

Jay Diggins band
Jay Diggins band

A new video and tour with several A-List bands forms part of a busy summer for Scorton musician Jay Diggins.

Since the launch of his debut album Searching last September at Lancaster’s Grand Theatre, Jay has gone on to achieve recognition for his work by the BBC and is set to perform this summer with The (Beautiful) South and Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam.

Last month, Jay and his band teamed up with film director John Gray on a video shoot for his single Ain’t No, which will be released next month.

Jay said: “For me it was hugely important to find the right film director that would be easy to work with, someone who understands the music and most importantly be able to capture the right atmosphere on film.

“I’d been an admirer of John Gray’s work for some time, looking at the work he’s done for Newton Faulkner and all of the work he’s done for BBC Folk Award winners 2014 Lau. But then I saw a video he had directed for Crow’s Bones (a spin-off of Lau led by Martin Green and Becky Unthank) and was completely blown away.”

“We have done all of the filming now, all shot inside the beautifully atmospheric Grand Theatre, and now we are eagerly awaiting the outcome.

“Anyone who caught us live at The Grand in January will know our live show is pretty unique, and this next run of shows will feature original atmospheric film clips projected onto a big screen whilst we play live.

“I did not anticipate that we would be playing with The Beautiful South or The Jam this summer but here we are!”

In preparation for the larger gigs, the band is playing at Scorton Village Hall on Saturday June 21 from 8pm. Tickets on the door.

Jay Diggins and his band (Johhny Scott, Mark Dennis, Tom Walmsley) are performing with The South at Crewe Lyceum on June 22, From The Jam at the Buxton Opera House on August 4, and then with Plum Hall at Settle Victoria Hall on September 26.