Gig - Jacquie Young
So how has life led you, I ask Jacquie Young, to doing a gig upstairs in the Royal Oak? We’re on the phone, but she’s got one of those good phone manners and she charms me as she lets me know, step by step, how her career path led her to where she is now. An interesting story it is, featuring acting college in North Carolina, being booted out of Birmingham, Alabama, becoming a jazz singer in Glasgow and finding herself leading a blues and r’n’b covers band in London, with the improbable but rather glorious name ‘Missing in Acton.’
“It was an interesting path, and one which taught me to appreciate lot of different musical genres,” she says. “I rather foolishly started writing songs, and people started liking them. Now I’m doing my own music, which has elements of blues and jazz and country and soul in it. It’s developed a style of its own.” She has surrounded herself with professional musicians, and is just starting to gig, mainly doing her own songs (‘Dust in the Wind’, ‘8 o’clock’, ‘Sexy Sunday’) “about life, friendships, making time, valuing what we have” interspersed with a number of covers. These include Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’, Carole King’s ‘I Feel the Earth Move’ and Eric Clapton’s ‘Before You Accuse Me’. Jacquie lives in Worthing now, but cherry-picked Lewes ‘because I felt that it was a creative, artistic-looking town’. She is likely to bring a sizeable following of her own, and is hoping for a good deal of local interest.