A recent signing with record label B-Unique, a new album in the making, a great live sound and these two unlikely lads make up some of the finest talent to come out of Bridlington.
Seafret are Jack Sedman, 19, on vocals, and Harry Draper, 16, on guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and any other instrument he can lay his hands on!
The duo met back in August 2010 after being introduced at The Ship Inn pub in Sewerby, and coming up with the name which is a play on the ‘fret’ of a guitar and the sea we live so close by, the rest as so many before them say is history. Jack says of the meeting: “I was introduced to Harry and invited round to his house, I went round and it just kind of worked.”
They form a wonderfully unique sound, a mixture of husky Paolo Nutini-esque vocals from Jack – that he only discovered he possessed around eighteen months ago – and Harry’s magical guitar riffs that have audiences hypnotised. Harry is a rarity, after picking up the guitar out of boredom two years ago he taught himself to play, along with guidance from his musician dad Chris Draper.
Chris, of Moonshine Music Men, is clearly a huge influence on the boys as well as Jack’s own dad Mike Sedman, formerly of International Rescue and now of the band Duck Baby. Jack says: “Most of the music comes from home. I saw my Dad play and thought I want to do that, and obviously with [Harry’s] dad as well.”
Apart from the family influences, a big inspiration for Jack and Harry is the late singer John Martyn, his music was blurred between folk, jazz, rock and blues. The boys say, “He had a similar sound to what we play with an acoustic guitar, and he defined strange chords with different melodies.”
Fascinatingly the boys form their melodies first and then add the lyrics, Jack explains, “The music is born and then I’ll bring the lyrics to the guitar and then we just work from there.”
They are currently recording their first album under record label B-Unique, a publishing and recording contract sees them in a nine-month development period where they are gigging, writing and recording music and then will make the album at the end of the nine months, which is around seven months from now.
The boys admitted they find it easier in the studio recording music, and already have over 25 original tracks laid down but will have to narrow them to, at the most, ten tracks.
Jack says of the album-making process: “At the minute in the studio we’re recording live basically, we’re both in the same room with no division between us and two microphones set up and that’s how we record the songs. We might not even use some of the songs we’ve got now but the ones we like we can re-record and use those for the album.”
Jack and Harry are both in agreement that even if they hadn’t been signed very early on in their short career, they would still be very heavily involved in music even if it meant busking and gigging wherever they could, Jack says: “I didn’t mind whether it was just busking on the street or to make a living doing gigs if we got offered them. I only knew I could sing a few months before I met Harry and after that I just fell in love with it.”
“We’re lucky we’re in the position now where we’re getting paid to do what we want to do.
“I love the music we make.”
If you’re reading this and you don’t live near Bridlington in East Yorkshire, UK (David Hockney-land) then please take the time to watch some of their videos, and let them know what you think of their music!
Here’s a live performance of ‘Gabriel’: