FOLLOWING the release of his critically acclaimed fourth album ‘Notes From An Island’, award-winning British guitarist, singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop plays 16-UK shows this autumn, including the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.
Looking forward to performing the new songs live, Blair thinks the record is “easily my best yet, and it should translate really well to a live show”.
Blair is one of Britain’s best kept musical secrets and 2018 looks set to be the year where he receives the recognition he deserves in the UK and abroad.
Daily Telegraph Australia described ‘Notes From An Island’ as “a massively impressive collection of songs from a young man with talent to burn” in its four-star review, comparing Blair to the likes of legendary artists Jackson Brown, Richard Thompson and Ralph McTell.
A natural storyteller and gifted guitarist Blair will be joined on stage by long term band mates Fred Claridge and Jacob Stoney.
The set will consist of new tracks from this most recent release as well as hits from his previous three albums – ‘Gilded’, ‘House Of Jacks’ and debut ‘Blight And Blossom’, which won Blair the coveted Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
With its timely mix of socio-political insights, tender love tales and impressive virtuosic guitar playing, ‘Notes From An Island’ is very much an album which reflects the age in which it has been created.
Nevertheless, as with everything Blair does, it is fuelled by a desire to keep moving forwards, break down barriers and maintain the integrity which has established him as a favourite of not just a growing body of fans but of radio programmers and critics.
His guitar playing, always impressive, has taken another quantum leap, at least in part because of his love affair with his new Gretsch, on which he wrote most of the songs.
The Marine Theatre show will be held on Thursday, October 4 with tickets costing £9.50 in advance or £12 on the door – call 01297 442138 or visit the website www.marinetheatre.com to book. Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start.