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Biography

Seasoned Melbournian troubadour Jack Mancor is a self taught singer, songwriter, storyteller and contemporary folk musician. His characteristic style is one based on the traditional but set in the contemporary. Born in Melbourne, but growing up all across Australia, he has developed a sense of the past, a love of his country and the ability to acknowledge and document the struggles and laughter of its people. With a natural ability to interpret life’s experiences through the eyes of the everyday, Jack’s songs strike a chord in those aware of the problems of the world, but still holding a hope for a brighter future.

Drawing on established folk, roots, country and blues styles, Jack carries on the oral storytelling tradition.
Taking inspiration from a variety of traditional and contemporary musicians, from Townes Van Zandt, Bruce
Springsteen, and Steve Earle to Muddy Waters, Paul Kelly and Woody Guthrie, Jack takes pride in singing
about life from the coal face.

Jack Mancor’s second album ‘Black Top Blues’ was released independently on October 13 2007. The follow-up to his 2005 release ‘Looking For Something’, four tracks on ‘Black Top Blues’ were recorded at ‘The Studio on Windy Hill’ in Whinchelsea, Vic – the solar-powered windgenerated country home and studio of Dave Steel. Dave produced the album, whilst also adding several of the instruments and backing vocals. With a further nine tracks recorded in Geelong and another in Melbourne’s inner-north, ‘Black Top Blues’ also features The Devilish Mary’s and Matiss Schubert, bringing together some of the finest roots and folk performers in the Australian music industry.

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