Ritchie unveils his own identity

Luke Ritchie - The Water's Edge - shoot - April 29th 2012 - At Sun Studios - 90 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1
Luke Ritchie - The Water's Edge - shoot - April 29th 2012 - At Sun Studios - 90 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1
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MUSICIAN Luke Ritchie is heading to the region with his debut album under his arm.

The singer-songwriter’s record The Water’s Edge, a blend of folk, rock and pop, has lyrics which deal with ideas of identity, British-ness and an island in decline.

He plays Newcastle Think Tank in Hoults Yard on July 23 as part of nationwide tour.

“I didn’t want to make a soft, samey album,” says Ritchie. “I’m not a soft singer. I grew up on Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and grunge, as well as people like Paul Simon and Sam Cooke.

“I like dynamic singers and powerful songs – and you can get a lot of power from acoustic instruments.”

He added: “Warily, I’d say I started out intending to make a concept album. Some of the earlier songs are quite political. Shanty I wrote around the time of the American elections. It’s about remembrance, about a country being at war for reasons that don’t seem true.

“Looking Glass is about what it means to be English and the idea of an island in ruins.”

We have a pair of tickets to give away for the gig. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: What’s the name of Luke Ritchie’s debut album?

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