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Music supergroup tour the UK
New band Jawbone will be previewing tracks from their forthcoming debut album during a UK tour that plays London's O2 Academy 2 Islington on September 12, 2018. The band is something of a musical supergroup – keyboardist and singer Paddy Milner is an established solo artist, guitarist and singer Marcus Bonfanti is the frontman of Ten Years After as well as a solo performer, and bassist Rex Horan and drummer Evan Jenkins are members of the Neil Cowley Trio.

Jawbone, Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan, Evan Jenkins, O2 Academy Islington London
Winning hand: Jawbone (pic: Rob Blackham)


Their individual CVs are impressive; between them they have played with Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour, Seth Lakeman, Cliff Richard, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Shuggie Otis, Laura Marling, James Hunter, Phil Manzanera, Garth Hudson and Jimmy Carl Black. This year Jawbone were the 'house band' at Paul Jones' charity show featuring Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Tom Jones at G-Live in Guildford, and they supported The Stranglers at the Hampton Court Summer Picnic Concert.

Marcus and Paddy first crossed paths in a North London house share in 2008, forming a close musical bond through a shared love of Blues and Roots music. Rex and Evan shared a similar experience halfway across the world in Perth, Australia, before moving to the UK to pursue new musical endeavours.

Jawbone, Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan, Evan Jenkins, O2 Academy Islington London
Musical bond: Evan Jenkins, Paddy Milner, Rex Horan, Marcus Bonfanti (pic: Rob Blackham)


Influenced by the likes of Little Feat, The Band, The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, their take on rock & roll is freshened thanks to the eclectic musical backgrounds that each member brings.

Naming themselves after a song taken from The Band's self-titled 1969 second album, the initial Jawbone writing sessions took place at Paddy's house in North London where the two forged the tracks that would eventually make up the self-titled debut album that is released on November 9.

Jawbone, Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan, Evan Jenkins, O2 Academy Islington London


All the songs were recorded with minimal overdubs at London's State of The Ark studio using the famous EMI desk originally installed in the Pathé Marconi studios in Paris. Final touches were added at Marcus' brother's North London studio where his collection of vintage synthesisers and microphones helped the band finalise their ideas.

The record was mixed in New Zealand by Nick Portman and mastered in Devon by Star Delta, with a final bounce to tape to add the warmth that is missing from so many records today.

Jawbone, Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan, Evan Jenkins, O2 Academy Islington London
Looking up: Jawbone (pic: Rob Blackham)


Jawbone 2018 UK tour dates:

September 6: The Stables, Milton Keynes;
September 7: Flowerpot, Derby;
September 9: Millport Country Music Festival, Scotland;
September 12: O2 Academy 2 Islington, London;
September 13: Arlington, Newbury;
September 14: Chichester Inn, Chichester.
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Why? New music supergroup
When: Touring from September 6, 2018; London gig is September 12
Phone: 020 7288 4400
Where: O2 Academy, Islington, and touring
Cost: £16.90 plus fees
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