Friday Firsts: Just A Jester

Posted on 8 March 2019
By Alley Richardson
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Charmingly upbeat from the start Holding On To Jetsam follows the theme of a Brexit soaked land and a nation divided by the unequal distribution of wealth, it’s food for thought but in the most lighthearted fashion.

The song also touches upon the demise of the pub scene with the supermarket giants and restaurants rapidly buying out our age old culture.

Where will England’s next great musical export get to develop, if pubs continue to close at this rate?

This is the second in a couplet of politically motivated songs from Tim Whitaker aka Just A Jester.

Whitaker has had a long and illustrious career beginning in the south of France. Having written and recorded over 50 songs yet never playing live he played four shows a night in restaurants for two years just to pay the rent.

On returning to England he formed a rock trio called Triangle and later forming the band The Acid Folk.

As well as supporting notable names over the years such as Van Morrison at the Ivor Novello Song Awards under the band name The Whitaker Brothers and playing support for Stuart Copeland of The Police before embarking on a solo career as Just A Jester.

He has performed at Glastonbury seven times, five of those on the acoustic stage and played Live BBC 1 to seven million viewers.

Holding on to Jetsam is the eighth solo release since 2018 and he is gaining quite a cult following having all eight tracks so far been given extensive airtime on various FM radio stations worldwide. Already though, Tim is back in the studio and another track is set to be release later this month.

It’s refreshing to hear social commentary delivered so buoyantly and musically it’s crisp and new but reminiscent of something much older. It’s a small piece of Dylan and a huge slice of Pulp.

Listen to Holding On To Jetsam on SoundCloud

More information on Just A Jester can be found on Facebook