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Jack Cade / The Everyday Sinners
Jack Cade records and perform in a number of ways, firstly solo, usually acoustic and/or electric guitar. The solo recordings also feature guest musicians as well as the live performances. Performing solo giving him the opportunity to get out and play as many gigs as possible and the solo material is somewhat different to the band material, being usually more downbeat.
The full band is now called The Everyday Sinners, on the initial releases we went out as Jack Cade and the Everyday Sinners. Now the band is growing with Chris Davies on Hammond and Piano, Ben Cox-Smith on Dobro and Guitar, Mike Muggeridge on Bass, Adam Perry on Drums and we also have Helen Muggeridge on singing duty too, so it seemed to make sense.
Where it all started
Jack was born and raised on a small patch of mud called the Isle of Sheppey down in the Thames Estuary. He grew up listening to a mixture of country, glam rock, punk and new wave. In his teens he started first playing bass (no one else wanted too) and then moved on to guitar playing in a number of bands largely inspired by the likes of Husker Du and the Pixies. After years of playing in bands and having some great times along the way he decided to take a break from trogging around the country playing and concentrate on writing. He says "For many years I've been writing songs for other people to sing, but some 8 years ago I decided, rather than looking for a new vocalist to work with who gave me the sort of style I was looking for, I perhaps should do it myself. I was largely inspired to try when I heard a Johnny Cash song 'Man Comes Around' playing in between acts at the Womad festival, the song caught my attention because it was evidently Cash but I only had his early recordings and really hadn't listened to any newer material. I went off and learnt a few numbers and it inspired me to sing in the range that naturally suites me, baritone. I tried it out on a few new songs, played live and got away with it, so carried on from there." Since then he's worked hard to hone his singing style, which he says is more akin to speaking with style than singing. Find out more on my Blog
The Story of Jack Cade
When I started singing and performing live around 6 years ago I decided to take on a new name to do so. The main reasons for this I guess, were firstly to create a stage persona that would give me the confidence to do so and secondly to have a name that had a meaning.
I decided on a name that I had originally heard back in the 90's when some friends of mine from different bands played a few gigs together under the name Jack Cade. They explained at the time that he was an historical Kentish figure who had led a rebellion up to London.
This story always stuck with me, however 6 years ago there was hardly anything on the web about him so I had to go digging in the local library for more info. In general the information is a little sketch in places but the gist of the story is this. In 1450, fed up with the way that Henry VI and the various corrupt members of the nobility were treating the general population and basically screwing them for as much as possible, to fund the Hundred Years War war with France, a rebellion or protest march started out from the Kent Sussex border and made it's way to London. Along the way it gathered a growing number of disillusioned people and at it's head was Jack Cade. Now it appears from what I've read that the name Jack Cade was a name that was given or used possibly after the event as the story grew. Some items I have read say the name was ascribed to a John Mortimer or John Aylmere, anyway Jack Cad was the name used, which to be honest sounds more poetic.
The rebellion made it all the way to London, making camp on Blackheath from where they sacked parts of the city of London. They eventually negotiated a truce with Henry VI gaining agreements that various grievances would be addressed. As is the way of these things as soon as the rebellion had been disbanded the King renounced what he'd agreed, rounded up the leaders and executed them.
The thing that struck me the most about this story was the fact that some 600 years on this story has so much resonance now, all you need do is substitute the royalty and nobility for the governments and investment bankers of today.