WATCH this face! Up and coming Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk, whose fans already include music legends such as John Oates, (Hall & Oates), and Max Weinberg, (drummer with Bruce Springsteen), will be rocking a Bournemouth bar this Friday night.

The musician has already been compared to singer Bruce Springsteen, known as The Boss, and plans to bring his “signature blend of rock ‘n’ roll” to Smokin’ Aces, a cocktail and whiskey bar in Commercial Road.

Josh told the Echo: “It’s like coming home. The UK was where I cut my teeth as an artist and performer. It’s where I developed my sound and learned what it meant to put on a show.

“My live show is what it is today in large part because of my experiences in The UK, and I can’t wait to be back.”

His live shows are going to be, “focusing on the songs off Stages for sure, but I’ll also be playing some select favourites from previous releases”.

After opening for Max Weinberg in New Jersey at Summerfest to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band, he then joined Max as a special guest on his most recent tour.

Max said: “Josh Taerk is the most exciting new talent I have come across in years. He blew me away with his presentation and song writing abilities.”

Talking about his new album Stages, Josh said he wanted to, “honor the artist I am now and show the progression, my experiences and growth from Here’s To Change,” his previous album.

He added: “That’s how I see all these songs, they’re snapshots of the person I was at the time I wrote them, and a snapshot of the moment that lead me to that song.”