Foy Vance

Sarah Barlow and Stephen Schofield Foy Vance

The impassioned soul of Foy Vance has earned stamps of approval from some of the biggest singer-songwriters in music, namely Elton John and Ed Sheeran, the former of whom asked the Irish-born musician to join his 2016 tour and served as executive producer on Vance's latest album, The Wild Swan. Sheeran, in turn, released the record on his own label, Gingerbread Man Records, helping introduce the relatively unknown artist to a new legion of fans. With Wild Swan, Vance's third album, the singer occupies a realm of old soul and blues rock. Van Morrison comparisons are apt on songs like "Noam Chomsky Is a Soft Revolution," which strikes pure rock 'n' roll gold, and "She Burns," a layered acoustic track in which Vance’s rich, husky vocals take center stage. Live, Vance is at his best on footstomping crowd-pleasers like "Upbeat Feelgood," a song so downright pleasant you'll wonder why you didn't come around to it sooner. Now's your chance — he's got back-to-back sets this week.
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