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Tip of The Week: Jess Hall Band - Play Shy

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 10:30 UK time, Monday, 24 October 2011

You may remember us introducing you to a talented young 17-year-old girl from the west country who went by the name of Gabrielle Aplin.

Well, now we have another one for you! Her name is Jess Hall and she is also a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from the south west. Hailing from Wiltshire, a place just a hop skip and a jump away from Gabrielle, you have to ask yourself what they're putting in the water down there?

When singer-songwriters come through at young 'tender ages' you often hear words like 'mature' or 'beyond their years' as people decide they are slightly wiser than they ought to be. Well Jess has already been tagged with some of these expressions and she is certainly capable of manufacturing a confident tone that captivates the listener from the start. Jess grew up around music; both her grandfather and mother played the piano and the organ which inspired Jess to learn both the piano and guitar. On top of singing, songwriting and playing instruments, she also produces all of her own material from a studio she set up in her parents’ garage which makes her an impressive one man band (well technically a one 'woman' band, but that just doesn't have the same ring to it).

Depsite her individual talents Jess has decided not to go it alone and now comes complete with a band formed of childhood friends, how cute! Their mission statement is "We make music. Pure and simple", so let's hope they stay that way. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes and Damien Rice you can expect a chilled folky affair when you hear her track Play Shy on the Radio 1 playlist this week.

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