Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Foy Vance


Foy Vance is here November 9. This will be his first time at Jammin Java and we are honestly excited. We love his new record and are really looking forward to seeing him perform these songs live. Recently, Foy's been endorsed by Ed Sheeran and other high-profile acts so there's a serious buzz about this show! We recommend getting tickets in advance here if you can. Mei caught up with Foy for this brief Q&A.

Where was the first your first show?

My first proper show was with a band I was in when I was 17 called Morph. We played the Ulster Hall at a Tattoo Festival. We played a couple of our own tunes and some Pearl Jam (I wanted to be Eddie Vedder back then). I remember it going quite well but we were all a little bit lost in the free beer so it's hard to say for sure what it was actually like.

What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?

There isn't any one artist to be honest. It's more an attitude and approach that inspires me. An honesty that's shared by all of my favourite artists; Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Keith Jarett, Bob Dylan, Talk Talk, Radiohead to name but a few.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

I had a night off in New Jersey and Bruce Springsteen happened to be finishing his tour in the Swamps that night. I was sitting with my poncho on in the rain and getting lost in the music. Every now and then I'd be drawn out of a trance by someone behind me bumping into my head. The bumps started to happen more often until I just had the weight of the person behind me on my head constantly. I turned around to see what the deal was and when I did the woman who was to blame leaned down and kissed me gently on the cheek. Nothing was said, so I went on to getting lost in the music and she went on leaning on me and occasionally stroking my neck. It was odd, but sort of enjoyable.

What two words would best describe your music?

Hopeful & Honest (assuming I'm doing my job right)