HE’S got that big Liverpudlian heart, has singer-songwriter Jamie Webster – like Gerry & The Pacemakers, like The Mighty Wah!, The Pale Fountains, so many others, he has that understanding of a great and stirring tune written through him like a stick of rock.
He’s just released the upbeat acoustic pop of “Common People” – nope, it’s not a Pulp cover – a song which he hopes is a rallying call for the downhearted and dispossessed.
And moving out from the red side of the city – Liverpool AFC having chosen his track, “This Place” to soundtrack their lifting of the Premier League trophy for global broadcast – he’s also announced a 13-date UK tour for next February and March.
“Common People” seeks to cast light on the power relations of the strong and the weak, the possessed of much, the possessed of little, the dispossessed: “We try so hard to achieve emancipation / Sir, we were born to be this way”, he sings, over a bright acoustic guitar number.
It trails his debut album, We Get By, which Modern Sky will release on Friday, August 21st.
He’s already woven into the Liverpudlian musical tapestry, with his band now featuring the Lightning Seeds’ Jim Sharrock and Tim Cunningham, alongside guitarist Danny Murphy, of Mick Head’s Red Elastic Band.
Oh, the live shows? The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, February 24th, Newcastle, Riverside;
Friday, February 26th, Belfast, Limelight 2;
Saturday, February 27th, Dublin, Workmans Club;
Sunday, February 28th, Cork, Cyprus Avenue;
Tuesday, March 2nd, Glasgow, St Luke’s;
Wednesday, March 3rd, Edinburgh, The Mash House;
Thursday, March 4th, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club;
Friday, March 5th, Manchester, Academy 3;
Sunday, March 7th, Birmingham, Hare and Hounds;
Monday, March 8th, Bristol, Louisiana;
Wednesday, March 10th, Cardiff, Globe;
Thursday, March 11th, London, Oslo, and
Saturday, March 13th, Liverpool, Guild.Tickets for all dates are available at See Tickets.