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Jack Peñate


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Blackheath, South London (2006 – present)

Born 1984, Jack Peñate is a singer/songwriter from Blackheath, South London. He is the grandson of Mervyn Peake, author and illustrator of The Gormenghast Trilogy.

Along with the likes of Lily Allen, Jamie T, Kate Nash, Adele, etc, he is often included in the “Estuary English” pack of UK musicians - the 2006/2007 UK trend of young musicians singing without consciously altering their spoken English accent. (Estuary English being the accent commonly found around the south east of England, most notably in London , considered a compromise between Cockney and RP)

At 17 he started the band Jack’s Basement with his friend Felix White. The band split in two, one half going on to form The Maccabees, the other forming Jack Peñate’s band, including Joel Porter (bass) and Alex Robins (drums). Having started a Classics degree at UCL he hooked up with London indie club and label, Young Turks and his studies were dropped in favour of a music career.

His eclectic mix of styles incorporates elements of his varied influences which range from rockabilly and folk to jazz and trip-hop. He lists Prince, Jeff Buckley, Shuggie Otis, Todd Rundgren, JJ Cale, Harry Nilsson and Herbie Hancock among his influences. Yet he delivers a genuine London voice and still manages to sound original.

His live performances are characterised by his much commented, “individualist” style of dancing where he plays guitar and dances simultaneously with a vigorous fluidity - he finds it hard to keep still.


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  • surferpip3

    on January 7th 2014, Peñate replied to a fans' tweet asking: "are you alive and making music anymore?". Peñate replied: "yes to both". @loftnettle ,@NekoLinks, dijey27

    2 Oct 3:30pm Reply
  • loftnettle

    Anyone know what's going on with Jack? Is he preparing a new album or something? [2]

    29 Sep 5:11am Reply
  • NekoLinks

    Anyone know what's going on with Jack? Is he preparing a new album or something? [1]

    29 Jan 7:29pm Reply
  • dijey27

    Anyone know what's going on with Jack? Is he preparing a new album or something?

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
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    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Cupcake_Queen

    First album is best but the second although different is still amazing. So excited for the new one! MISSED HIM

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Hel-len

    new songs are truly awesome, it's been a month since i last visited the gigs and i still can't get these songs out of my head!

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • musiikkionelo

    that new track is for months ago. where's the new album? :(

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mvn0

    Any news?

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    I'd be so please if someone had some new info on an upcoming album, song or collaboration Jack has coming up . . .

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Renan-Carneiro

    Bem diferente esse som do Jack, admirei o segundo álbum

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rehlopes

    Pull My Heart Away *--*

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    New album coming? Any news?

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • oskij

    His music is fantastic !

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • reginik

    love it

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • Duchess94

    recently looked "No One Lied". I don't understand, he lost weight?

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Delafontaine

    Let's all die ; )

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • iaberis

    Doesn't he sound like Robert Smith?

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Second, Minute or Hour. Great track

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • musiikkionelo

    He's an amazing artist and very underrated

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
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