The Magic Lantern's official bio
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, the 10 songs that make up his second album – ‘Love of Too Much Living’ – sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark out The Magic Lantern as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.
Born in Australia, Jamie moved to the UK aged 12. It was while studying philosophy in Bristol that he began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene, including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. Moving to London, Jamie expanded The Magic Lantern into a quintet of friends and together they evolved a transporting sound inspired by the immediacy of Jamie’s lyrics and lilting melodies and a shared love of improvised music. The Magic Lantern’s debut album ‘A World In A Grain of Sand’ was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno/Paul Simon) and when released, in June 2011, was critically acclaimed by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) among others.
Keen to focus on the intensity that comes with stripping everything away, Jamie dissolved the quintet line-up to return to playing and writing on his own. ‘Love of Too Much Living’ is the product of two years spent crafting this new musical approach, playing hundreds of gigs around the UK with friends and contemporaries including Sam Lee & Friends and Cocos Lovers to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.