The Magic Lantern

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Folk/Acoustic

Location: London

Website: the-magic-lantern.co.uk

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of songwriter and composer Jamie Doe. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk, jazz and contemporary music, The Magic Lantern is an artist dedicated to confronting the anxiety and fear present in us all. 

Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, Jamie began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit and Rozi Plain. Moving to London in 2007, The Magic Lantern has released three albums as part of a thriving scene of genre defying contemporary musicians who are going about things their own way. Over the three and a half years it took to make his most recent album ‘To The Islands’, The Magic Lantern has toured the UK supporting acclaimed folk artist Sam Lee, sung with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms and as a guest vocalist with Sikh virtuoso Manika Kaur in Trafalgar Square. He has performed for the Queen, sung in the Sussex Woods with nightingales and recorded in Abbey Road Studios as part of the Help Musicians UK ‘Music Minds Matter’ campaign.

His third album ‘To The Islands’, released in November 2018, was written during a tumultuous return to his childhood home in Australia after nearly 10 years away and explores memory and hope in a world of near constant uncertainty. Musically ‘To The Islands’ mirrors this exploration, using a wide range of sounds and textures from folk finger picking, to solo piano, string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams, all united by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice and inimitable song-writing style. It is his most ambitious musical statement to date. 

The Magic Lantern is currently recording a new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ for release in Autumn 2019. ‘To The Islands’ is out now via Hectic Eclectic Records. 

“ Oh. That’s beautiful isn’t it?”
- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special”
– Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

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