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November 21st, 2014
The John Fairhurst Band »

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The wait is almost over… Two years after the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Hungry Blues’ EP which earned him a nomination for best song at The British Blues Awards with ‘The Snow Lies Deep’John Fairhurst is to release a new album called “Salt Water” in October. This is the first full length release with the backing of a full band. Helped by a small group of special guests, John’s unique voice and kaleidoscope of guitars take his music into unchartered waters; after mastering acoustic blues through his years on the road, this album welcomes the return of electric blues rock.

The new tracks were recorded between London’s historic Dean Street Studios and Bristol. Engineering and Production are by  Nathan Evans and old friend Alex Beitzke who also recorded and produced the  2012 “Hungry Blues” EP. Six songs of John have been selected to appear in Scoop Film‘s latest production “The beat beneath my feet” featuring Luke Perry, Lisa Dillon and Ewen MacIntosh. Amongst the tracks selected two are from the new album; “I’m coming Home” and “No Shelter”.

John fairhurst

Wigan native Fairhurst has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years. The result is an awe inspiring wall of sound rooted in his northern blues background with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home. Introduced to Sarod Master K. Shridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with his family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from Shridar as well from his own travels through Asia. With a bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White, comparisons to the fingerpicking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of K. Sridhar and Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions freely hand picking tunes from the Mississippi to the Ganges. John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. He has gone on to tour the globe and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSX and Glastonbury  to name but a few. John’s enigmatic stories relayed through intense and original blues are all told using his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits.

John’s wanderlust character, lead him to New York in 2009 where he arrived with only a bag of clothes and his beloved resonator. He met a fellow blues player and proceeded to arrange and perform 14 sell out shows in a 15 days, a feat demonstrating what a gifted performer John truly is. Bare chested and tattooed (by monks in a Thai temple), when John Fairhurst walks onto a stage you know you are not only about to hear incredible blues, but the tale of one mans tireless journey leaving a lasting impression wherever he stops. With three independent releases under his belt, he garnered critical acclaim from the offset with The Guardian describing his 2008’s instrumental  debut album Joys of Spring’ as “Truly exquisite”. His following releases 2010’s ‘John Fairhurst Band’ and 2012’s Hungry Blues’ were also hailed in similar manner. Coupled with his tenacious attitude to touring and following a summer of explosive live shows both in the UK and Europe, John has built on previous festival appearances at GlastonburySXSWGreen Man and Edinburgh Festival to widen his audience with shows at Secret Garden PartyShambalaBoomtown. With residencies on the Harley Davidson European Festival and a tour with Johnny Winter now under the belt… 2014 looks bright in John Fairhurst‘s world with the awaited release of a full album with a new band and an electrifying new sound.

The new album was recorded between Bristol and London, with Nathan Evans engineering the Bristol sessions and Alex Bietzke producing at Dean Street in London. John is accompanied by old faithfuls Joe Strouzer on harp and Toby Murray on drums with the addition of new band member Tim Louden on Bass and Emma Divine on backing vocals. The new album is a full on electric blues experience with John’s unique voice and guitar playing refraining to no boundaries helped by a number of very special guests that will shortly be revealed.  The album was mixed by Alex Beitzke (Jamiroquai, Florence and The Machine, Nigel Kennedy) and is being mastered by Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Clash). The lads have already been showcasing the new songs at the Summer Festivals. The band on the road are a tight trio made up by John on Vocals and Guitars, Toby Murray on drums and Pete Episcopo on Bass.  This is the sound of modern British blues….

November 22nd, 2014
The Lewis Hamilton Band »

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The Lewis Hamilton Band

From an early age Lewis listened to wide range of music. When he turned twelve years old, he was given a Squire Stratocaster™, his first electric guitar. Taking influence from great guitarists such as, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, he quickly developed a passion for guitar led ‘Blues-Rock’ and spent hours every day learning tips and tricks from his idols. Now, at the age of twenty Lewis has developed a guitar style that has been compared to Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson. Vocally, he takes influence from the likes of Dave Mathews and John Mayer and writes his own music. Over the years he has performed with such notable musicians as Aynsley Lister (for whom he filled in vocals at a live show), Ryan McGarvey, Henrik Freischlader, Alan Nimmo, Chantel McGregor and Ben Poole. Lewis also has talent for recording and runs his own studio in Auchterarder, Scotland, where all his music is written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Lewis himself.

Since their formation in August 2010 The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 400 shows from Shetland to Poland, and have appeared at most of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Main Stage performances at Hebden Bridge and Maryport. As a guitarist he pays tribute to some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, taking influence from people like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. He also incorporates playing styles from more modern blues-rock musicians such as, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Matt Scofield. As a vocalist he has developed his own unique and powerful style of singing, while taking influence from the likes of Joe Cocker and Dave Mathews. His debut album Gambling Machine won the Scottish New Music Award for Scottish Jazz/Blues album of the year for 2012. Candlelight & Sympathy from Empty Roads will feature on the soundtrack of a new feature film ‘Scar Tissue’. His third album Ghost Train has had numerous top reviews and acclaim from magazines and websites worldwide, and airplay in over 15 countries. In addition to his previous nominations in the 2012 and 2013 British Blues Awards and receiving two preliminary nominations in their song-writing category, Lewis has been nominated yet again as YOUNG ARTIST of the Year in 2014.

 

November 25th, 2014
Martyn Joseph »

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Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 31 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many.

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”

“Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.”

Upon the release of his last studio album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer.

He has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’

PRESS QUOTES

“Stunning, heartfelt music”

 Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013

 “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”

MOJO

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”

?Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”

Q Magazine

“A profound experience”?

The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”

Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”

Financial Times

He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”