My name is Tess Jones. I'm a male singer songwriter from the band Tess Of The Circle.
Where are you from?
I live in Oxfordshire. Born in Surrey. raised in the West Midlands.
Name of band:
Tess Of The Circle.
Who else is in your band?
Tess Of The Circle is an independent musical collective based around the songs of Tess Jones. The Thorns album features contributions from Tess on vocals and guitar, Lee Clifton (electric guitar), Damon Minchella (bass) and Geoff Dugmore (drums). The live line-up is ever-changing! But you can usually find myself and Lee in there somewhere!
How would you describe yourselves?
We mix a bit of classic early electric 1970s rock with acoustic guitar sounds. Style wise we jump from Flamenco to folk rock to string ensemble ballads.
Who are your main influences musically?
If you dig deep enough you would find Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, The Doors and even some Jeff Buckley. Well thats what we tell ourselves at least ;)
What do you hope to achieve in music?
To make a living!
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Our Bob Harris session and all the support from BBC Radio 2. Supporting Joan Armatrading also meant a lot personally.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Breaking an acoustic guitar string in front of 4,000 people on the first song!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Vagabonds and Rogues off the new album Thorns. I believe it mixes the qualities of all the other songs, balancing poetry, subtle acoustic with electric guitar swells.
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We have a new video for History up here: http://youtu.be/_EZ05huU0QM
Finally, I wanted to thank the people reading this article right now. The people that go out and find new music are the reason we get to keep doing what we do. Please check out the album Thorns available now.