London calling for young musician

Standish singer-songwriter Jordan Madani
Standish singer-songwriter Jordan Madani

A YOUNG singer-songwriter is preparing to play his final hometown gigs before swapping Wigan for the bright lights of London.

Standish acoustic guitarist and singer Jordan Madani, 18, will play two gigs, including one to mark the online launch of his debut EP, later this month.

He will appear at the Olive Garden Festival in Standish on August 25 before launching his first release Back Home at The Swinley five days later, at a gig which will also raise money for charity Joining Jack.

However, these two gigs will be Jordan’s last appearances on the Wigan scene for a while as he will begin studying songwriting at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Performance (ICMP) in London next month.

Former Standish High School pupil and Runshaw College student Jordan hopes plenty of fans will head down to make the EP launch, with his songs being given an extra twist with a full backing from local band The Hermitage.

Jordan said: “The physical copies of my EP have been available for a while, but this is to celebrate launching it on iTunes.

“I’ve been rehearsing with the band and it’s coming together very well. When I’m playing on my own I don’t really think about accompaniment parts or what a lead guitar might play, so it’s good to hear other musicians working on my songs.

“It’s also the first time I’ve played with a full band. It’s going to be a bit of a farewell gig but I’m really looking forward to heading down to London and developing myself as an artist.

“I’ll be working with people who have written songs for artists in the charts and the ICMP has got a lot of contacts for gigs and recordings. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring the London music scene too.

“I’m also hoping to travel back to Wigan quite often to see friends and family while I’m in London, so I should be playing a few gigs here too.”

Jordan will appear at the Olive Garden festival alongside blues rockers Occasional Rascuedos, while the bill for the Swinley launch will be completed by indie-pop group Inside View and folk-rock duo The Mirrortones.

Jordan describes his sound as indie pop-rock but says he is influenced by a range of genres, including styles such as reggae and artists like The Kooks, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen.

Jordan Madani will launch his EP Back Home at The Swinley on Friday, August 30, with doors at 7.30pm.

Wristbands are £2, with proceeds going to Joining Jack. The charity will also receive 20 per cent of any EP sales on the night.

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