94.3 The X Presents
with Bonnie Bishop
Though he spent most of his formative years in the grim surroundings of 1980s Belfast, singer/songwriter Foy Vance's musical vision is the product of an entirely different sort of nervous tension -- 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. Emerging in the early 2000s, Vance took his cues from the likes of Otis Redding and Nina Simone, adjusting his own guttural singing style accordingly, with his distinctive Northern Irish lilt finding an obvious point of comparison in similarly styled compatriot Van Morrison. Musically, Vance draws as much from the British folk tradition as he does American music; this influence manifests itself in the rhythmic, invariably alternately tuned, acoustic guitar style that is almost as prominent a melodic voice in much of his work as piano or vocals.