Seven covers by Suffolk bands you need to hear

J.S and The Lockerbillies busking. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

J.S and The Lockerbillies busking. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

From singer/songwriters and jazz outfits to heavy metal bands and party acts, Suffolk has a rich spread of fine musicians.

Anna Pancaldi performing on the main stage at The Colchester Free Festival.

Anna Pancaldi performing on the main stage at The Colchester Free Festival.

We’ve put together a playlist of seven covers by Suffolk acts you need to hear.

These are just a handful of great covers by Suffolk artists, with many more out there to find.

Some old, some new, all display some of the best of the county’s talented players putting their spin on these much loved tunes.

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J.S & The Lockerbillies - I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash cover)

Few Ipswich bands come as popular as J.S & The Lockerbillies, and with their cover of Johnny Cash’s classic I Walk The Line it’s not hard to see why.

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An authentic blues tone, professional musicianship and rock ‘n’ roll charisma, I Walk The Line has become a favourite at gigs.

Covers of Johnny Cash, Elvis and even a sublime I Wanna Be Like You are just some of the highlights at their gigs alongside top originals.

Honey & The Bear - Is This Love (Bob Marley cover)

For those looking for something a little more reflective, Honey & The Bear’s cover of Bob Marley’s Is This Love is a treat.

The folk and roots duo of Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart have transformed the song into a sparse, haunting reflection on love.

Also recommended is their cover of the Paul Simon classic Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.

Ashton Jones - Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye cover)

Ipswich-based singer Ashton Jones has a set of pipes dripping with soul, as evidenced by his cover of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On with Innerheart.

If putting a unique spin is the name of the game with a cover, then Ashton has done wonders transforming it onto a reggae beat.

Crucially Ashton’s cover doesn’t lose any of the song’s soulful musings.

Chris Bower - (You Want To) Make A Memory (Bon Jovi cover)

The song may be one of Bon Jovi’s lesser-known gems from their latter day output, but Chris Bower’s live acoustic version is a faithful rendition of the underrated tune.

Combining a country-rock vibe with scorching vocals, Chris is a natural fit with Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals.

His 2013 album Gotta Start Somewhere is well worth a listen.

Robert Castellani - Boogie On Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder cover)

The kind of artist everyone loves, Stevie Wonder’s Boogie On Reggae Woman is the ideal tune for top Ipswich guitarist Robert Castellani to put his inimitable style on.

One of the most gifted guitarists of his generation, his finger-tapping style is laced with groove and emotion.

For an insight into his musical wisdom, check out his instructional videos.

Anna Pancaldi - Spectrum (Florence & The Machine cover)

Following neatly on from Robert Castellani is Anna Pancaldi (the pair released a covers EP and have performed together countless times).

Originally from Ipswich Anna has been making waves internationally, having toured the US and been featured on various radio shows.

The Florence & the Machine smash Spectrum is a fine showcase for her talents, but her original tunes is where she really shines.

Soul Kitchen - Dance The Night Away (The Mavericks cover)

Billed as ‘The greatest party band in Essex, Suffolk and the south east’ Soul Kitchen has become a firm favourite at Ipswich Music Day.

Toting sombreros and chef attire, Soul Kitchen is the kind of band whose covers get crowds dancing.

This take on The Mavericks’ Dance the Night Away did just that in Christchurch Park last year.

What covers have you heard by Suffolk bands recently? Share your thoughts by commenting below or emailing us here.