Second Hand Poet is a man of secrecy and the moniker of Surrey musician Jamie Tipson. Only playing a handful of shows each year, this release is highly sought after. Previous EP release ‘All My Life’ was met with fantastic reviews and gained a dedicated following on social media. It was released through a label and went on to sell out of its initial run. After the promotion of the EP Jamie decided he wanted to re-record some of the tracks, so he personally bought back the rights to the songs that now feature on ‘Songs For The Pyre’ and parted ways with the label. Throughout his relatively short career Second Hand Poet has risen up from the years of playing the open mic nights of London, gaining contacts and handing over endless business cards. From the hard work of the circuit he has since been invited to play with ‘Paper Aeroplanes’, ‘Moddi’ and ‘Widowspeak’. He was also one of the finalists in the Emerging Talent Competition for Glastonbury, he appeared at Guilfest, Sub Audio Festival, Oxjam and performed sessions for Ont Sofa, Gibson Guitars and Oak Sessions. During two sell out shows supporting Steve Forrest from ‘Placebo’, Jamie was spotted by a European promoter, he went on to play two successful Belgium tours for them. The new mini album ‘Songs For The Pyre’ is a collection of songs that have featured on various long vanished demo EP’s, it’s the mark of Jamie at his most unguarded and brutally honest. On an album which pulls in two directions, from the classical violin and string clad intro and interlude, to the more traditional acoustic guitar-led balladeering. Produced by Franc Cinelli and recorded in London over a two week period, ‘Songs For The Pyre’ uses Jamie’s DIY ethic as a point of departure, adventurously expanding the sonic palette while retaining every bit of its heart and soul.