Shipston-on-Stour blues guitarist keeps to his roots

Laurence Jones, Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

Laurence Jones, Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

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A Shipston-on-Stour native released his new album at a show at Shipston’s Townsend Hall.

Laurence Jones launched his new album ‘Take Me High’ at Shipston’s Townsend Hall on August 5 to a packed venue of excited fans, introduced by local music promoter and Shipston Proms chair Tim Porter.

Laurence Jones/Jupitronz, Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

Laurence Jones/Jupitronz, Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

Mr Jones, 24, was inspired to pick up a guitar after hearing House of the Rising Sun by The Animal’s when he was 11 years old and played live for the first time at 12 at the Townsend Hall.

Mr Jones said: “I decided then after hearing my Dad playing the Animals song that I wanted to see if I could be a better guitarist.

“I decided that I need to sing as well as play blues guitar, so have been singing with my band since I was 16.”

The award winning guitarist started out playing local pubs and quickly made a name for himself.

Blues guitarist Laurence Jones of Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

Blues guitarist Laurence Jones of Shipston-on-Stour (credit Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto PR)

At just 18 years of age he landed his first recording deal that derailed his university studies but enabled him to tour with Johnny Winter, the highlight of which was playing at the Royal Albert Hall with Eric Burdon, fittingly a former member of The Animal’s who’s track had originally inspired him.

For the last five years Mr Jones has been signed to Ruf Records and managed by Golly Gallagher. During the last couple of years he has been touring the UK, Europe and North America almost continually. He played this summer at the North Sea Jazz Festival at the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, sharing the stage with Simply Red and Level 42 amongst others.

On stage at the Townsend Hall Laurence was by supported by local five piece band Jüpitronz, with fellow Shipston born musician Darren Clarke on keyboard who has known Laurence since they were young boys. The rest of the line-up is Steve Eagles (vocals/guitar), Chris Danby (vocals/bass guitar), Claire Hemingway (vocals) and Dean Phillips (drums).

The evening concluded with a rendition of ‘Down and Blue’ followed by a pyrotechnic display as a tribute to all those with Crohn’s disease, a malady Mr Jones suffers from.

Laurence has just performed at the Mold Blues Festival in North Wales. He will now take a break before more dates in Europe and USA.