Who is Jeffo Nesta? Here’s the story…
Jeff is a singer/songwriter from Ballynanty in the north side of Limerick City in Ireland. He writes songs, records them and tries to perform them…that’s it! If you want to know a bit more, read on…
He grew up listening to Bob Marley, UB40 and The Wolfe Tones. Great tunes with strong social messages blaring across the city’s large housing estates was commonplace. This healthy mix of genres would later influence Jeff’s songwriting and encourage him to write songs reflecting his own experiences.
After teaching himself some chords on the guitar, he’d play to whoever would listen to him. Sitting in Whelan’s pub every Sunday evening with his Distillery FC teammates, they would sing their favourite songs and after a while, they’d start singing their own. A regular crowd would gather for a mighty sing-song.
However, performance and broadcasting of his original songs took a back seat for a few years. The old rat-race took hold and bills needed to be paid. He got sucked into working at dead-end jobs and joined numerous cover bands to keep in touch with playing music. As time went by, he began to play gigs in bars, hotels and holiday resorts around Ireland, Europe & the U.S. This was a great experience for him as he learned about performance and showmanship while playing to different audiences around the world.
Eventually, he left his miserable job and focused on his own music (all the while playing cover gigs to keep the wolves from the door!). He decided on the alias “Jeffo Nesta” – using Bob Marley’s middle name “Nesta” as a salute to the great man.
About The Music
In 2014 and with the help of some good friends, he recorded ten of his songs and called the album “Circus Dances.” It’s a mixed-genre collection of socially-aware, easy-listening tunes. Folk, rock and reggae with groovy bass-lines, uplifting brass riffs and harmonised vocals making the album an interesting listen.
He is constantly writing new songs. His newly released EP “The no.3 bus home” is more Irish-folk orientated and musically very different from his debut album. Keeping some elements of his beloved reggae, the new songs are sung in his native accent with accordions and violins hopping all over the mix. In this EP he explores new ways of vocal expression.
“The no.3 bus home” title comes from getting the no.3 Glenagross bus to Moyross from town because the no.5 Ballynanty bus was so unreliable. He’d then have to walk the extra distance across Dalgaish Park to get home. Similarly, these new songs almost take him back home to the northside where he grew up.
Have a listen.
If you see Jeffo Nesta advertised to play a solo acoustic show, two-piece or a full band show at a venue near you, please share it with everyone you know and spread the word. Follow Jeffo Nesta on Facebook, Soundcloud, and Twitter or subscribe to his YouTube channel for all things Jeffo Nesta.
Check back here or your local press for upcoming touring details. In the meantime, have a listen to some tunes on this website or treat yourself to some Bob Marley.
Enjoy the music and all the best.