Hotfoot from his second Australian tour, maverick music maestro, actor and film maker Cosmo Jarvis will be playing a handful of intimate acoustic shows in the Westcountry in the run-up to Christmas.
The prolific singer songwriter from South Devon has just released a four-track EP They Don't Make Hearts Like They Used To, with the title track accompanied by a customarily quirky video, filmed on the seafront at Torquay.
Cosmo's entertaining, often controversial, no-holds-barred, songs and films focus – and often put a humorous twist – on some dark social issues, as well as charting his personal experience of growing up in small-town Devon.
He released his self-titled debut album aged 19, having dropped out of school three years earlier.
Now 24, he has three more LPs under his belt. The last one – country-pop fuelled Think Bigger – made him a star in Australia. It was released at the same time as his acclaimed feature film The Naughty Room, a black comedy dealing with abuse, death, drugs, sex and redemption, which was shown on BBC Four.
Cosmo remains bold, restless and compulsive. A cultural chameleon, he eats, sleeps and breathes his work and refuses to compromise.
"I feel like I'm trying to mix this amazing light yellow paint," he says. "And I'm damned if I'm going to let anyone come along with a strong red and drip it into my paint bucket and turn my music orange."
Cosmo Jarvis plays at The Taphouse, St Agnes, on December 12; The Nightjar, Truro, on December 13; Blackdog Haircutters, Falmouth, on December 14; The Watering Hole, Perranporth Beach, on December 15 and The Barrelhouse, Totnes, on December 21.