Thumped doesn’t normally get invited along to things like this, so imagine our surprise when an invite came in to attend the Jack Daniel’s birthday gig & JD Set 2010 launch in London. It would have been rude to say no, so Aoife Barry packed her overnight bag and made the trip. It’s a hard life.
Thanks to a fire that razed through a Tennessee courthouse, no one knows for sure on what day Jack Daniels was born. But what is known is that he was probably born in September of 1850, and so on that month each year celebrations take place to honour the distillery founder’s name – and true to the legendary drink that he created, which is beloved of musicians, the birthday festivities revolve around a musical event. This year, that event was a gig that took place in a dim warehouse in London’s hip Shoreditch area, and the musicians that gathered to celebrate Jack’s birthday could have happily shared a drink or two with him were they in his home town back in the day.