Singer/songwriter Foy Vance's musical vision is the product of his formative years in Belfast, as well as the cross-racial friction, harmony, and disharmony that gave rise to jazz, blues, and soul in the American South, where Vance, the son of a traveling church minister, spent the pivotal first five years of his life. Vance took his cues from the likes of Otis Redding and Nina Simone, adjusting his own guttural singing style accordingly. Musically, Vance draws as much from the British folk tradition as he does American music, and his alternately tuned acoustic guitar style is almost as prominent a melodic voice on much of his work as piano or vocals. ~ Dave Donnelly
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