Australian musician Jay Fraser owes much to the influence of a drunken sailor. Being called upon in primary school to perform the ancient sea shanty was the first time he remembers paring D-chord melodies with sobering lyrics.
It was watching a Nick Drake documentary in 2004 though that spurred him to start putting his owns chords to paper. Today he is among a new wave of young Australian singer-songwriters gaining national and international recognition.
Fraser’s music is born from his exploits and travails as a modern-day travelling troubadour – and part-time accountant. Matching crisp guitar work with honest vocals, he has earned acclaim and airplay in high quarters.