You might not be able to judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a man by the company he keeps.
Feist, The National, Rilo Kiley, Guillemots, Giant Drag, Tom Vek, Sean Lennon, Bat For Lashes, Ed Harcourt, Liam Frost and Malcolm Middleton may sound like some sort of fantasy festival line-up, but this who’s who of international music deity have one thing in common – they’ve all personally requested that BEERJACKET support them.
The Glaswegian’s golden circle is no fluke. He has earned his celebrity admirers through sheer hard work – five albums in three years – and a knack of avoiding every cliché associated with the overeager singer-songwriter. His lyrics rarely follow the usual love lost and found theme, he’s not vain enough to use his own name (Peter Kelly by day) and he plays acoustic guitar and tambourine (with his foot) on stage without coming across as a one-man-band. Oh, and he’s not a miserable sod.
Instead, the 29-year-old has a magic touch that turns songs into precious keepsakes, gigs into warm memories and Beerjacket virgins into lifelong fans.
And there’s no sign of the momentum slowing down. His excellent new album of alt.folk, the aptly-named A Boy Of Action, was released on Monday on iTunes and it could soon make him as revered as his friends.
Beerjacket – Dance Dance Dance
August 12, Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow
October 6, King Tut’s, Glasgow
November 2, ABC, Glasgow (with The National)