Zak Younger Banks - EP Launch Newcastle
Little Buildings, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
Zak Younger Banks launches his debut EP, Wrong Turns at Little Buildings, Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 15th of June. The Newcastle and Glasgow based singer-songwriter and guitarist combines emotionally raw vocals, poetic lyrics and intricate finger style guitar arrangements to create original and distinctive songs.
The EP was recorded in Port Appin in the Highlands of Scotland and features four songs from Zak’s repertoire of original songs, built up over the past few years of gigging, as well as an instrumental track including an original tune inspired by Zak’s involvement in traditional music. Whilst built around the original guitar and vocal arrangements of his songs, the EP features reworked versions with layers of ambient synths and guitars, as well as a stripped-down electric piano version of Both Our Crimes.
Whilst inspired by singer-songwriters including Josh Tillman, Isaac Gracie, Damien Rice, Hozier and Leonard Cohen, Zak’s involvement in traditional music is fundamental to his writing - Zak is currently studying traditional guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after having established himself as a guitarist on the Newcastle and Glasgow folk scenes, and playing in folk groups with musicians from Scotland and the North East.
As a solo artist Zak has played several successful headline gigs at venues including Ernest, Bar Loco, Quilliams and the Cluny, and has played support for bands and artists in venues in England and Scotland, such as Northern Company (Cumberland Arms, Newcastle), Iona Fyfe (Admiral Folk Club, Glasgow), Hareshaw Linn (Quilliams, Butterfly Cabinet, Newcastle upon Tyne), Tom Hickox (Surf Café, Tynemouth) and Raghu Dixit (Sage Gateshead).
He also collaborates with North East singer-songwriter Eve Simpson, performing with her and writing songs together. He has played at festivals including Whitby, Beverly and Mouth of the Tyne, toured in Denmark and the UK with folk supergroup Folkestra and has been a street performer at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival for the past 2 years.
“Zak’s songs project universal sentiments whilst retaining hints of subtle vulnerability” - Eve Simpson
"Zak writes from the heart, sings from the heart and plays from the heart. A rare and unique talent. Not to be missed." - Dave Wood
Zak will be joined by folk duo Janice Burns and Jon Doran.