American country and blues artist brings stark, literate songs to the Ent Shed

Jeffrey Foucault in Bedford.
Jeffrey Foucault in Bedford.

A young man with an old soul - one of the descriptions given to an American songwriter arriving in Bedford later this month.

Country and blues artist Jeffrey Foucault is in concert at The Ent Shed in Bedford, on Saturday, January 31.

Stark, literate songs wide open as his native Midwest, that are quietly brilliant are among other tributes.

Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where his father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa

He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snow plough, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000.

A long-time disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of sparse and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of song writing set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool.

He now lives in Western Massachusetts.

Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets are £10 at the door.