"Some artists wear their influences on their sleeve, others like Tess Jones' from Tess Of The Circle absorb them as they grow up, thereby creating a style of their own. A style that sways from rock to punk to folk, but always leads to a strong chorus, The passion never falters." - CLASSIC ROCK
“Wow! That’s mighty ! It’s excellent !”
– JANICE LONG, BBC RADIO 2
(Single, Worldwide Debut)
'So catchy that song ! It's got a real summer vibe to it !'
- Wyatt, PLANET ROCK
"Some very hot UK Talent! TESS OF THE CIRCLE from their excellent new album AMPLIFY."
- Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2, Team Rock)
'A huge sound !'
- BBC INTRODUCING
With 12 BBC Radio sessions last year, major festivals (including Glastonbury 2015, The Bear Grylls Festival 2015 and the Acoustic Festival Of Great Britain 2015) and an outstanding 11 album tracks played on UK National Radio; it was a matter of time until you came across TESS OF THE CIRCLE.
TESS OF THE CIRCLE is a British independent band that focuses on the songs of male songwriter TESS JONES and a collective of participating musicians. With a new line up for 2015/16, their brand new album AMPLIFYgiving shades of 70's rock fused with hints of post-grunge and alt indie.
TESS' established acoustic guitar riffs and biographical lyrics have previously seen him gain widespread critical recognition. But this year focuses on a new rock groove driven sound, adding intent to the intimacy of Jones' words. The new album sees a return collaboration between TESS and his lead guitarist LEE CLIFTON. They are joined on the record by one of the strongest rhythm sections the UK has to offer, BEN DRUMMOND on bass and PAUL STONE on drums.
AMPLIFY: DEBUT ALBUM LINE UP 2015/16:
Tess Jones (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano)
Lee Clifton (Lead Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin)
Ben Drummond (Bass)
Paul Stone (Drums)
Ange Loyd (Backing Vocals)
LIVE LINE UP 2016:
Tess Jones (Vocals, Guitar), Lee Clifton (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
George Foley (Bass), Charlie Cooper(Drums).
THORNS: ACOUSTIC E.P. LINE UP 2014:
Tess Jones - Vocals & Guitar, Lee Clifton -Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Damon Minchella -Bass (Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene), Geoff Dugmore -Drums (Stevie Nicks, James Morrison, Joan Armatrading), Tim Wills -Keyboards (Ian Brown), Tokio Myers -Piano (Amy Winehouse), Howard Gott - Viola, Violin & 'String Arrangements (Ash, Tindersticks, Beth Orton), Sarah Wilson - Cello (Nerina Pallot, Belle & Sebastian), Yvonne John-Lewis - Backing Vocals (Roxy Music tour, Bryan Ferry) and Kathy Riodan - Backing Vocals. Produced by Chris Potter (Brit Award, The Verve) Mixed and Additional Production by Adrian Hall (Sinead O'Connor, Alicia Keys, Ray Davies) Co-produced by Tess Jones.