‘Blair Dunlop is a cult hero, an artist whose work is adored by those who come across it.‘ – CLASH MUSIC
Following the release of his critically acclaimed 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’, award winning British guitarist, singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop plays 16-UK shows this autumn. 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 their 4 star review, comparing Blair to the likes of legendary artists Jackson Brown, Richard Thompson and Ralph McTell.
‘Blair is a true artist in his prime, as is wholly evident on this beautiful record. He has it all; a wry turn of phrase in his words, barbed & moving within a second, seriously demonic guitar skills that belie his youthful looks (curses under breath) & a voice like some sort of melancholy angel.’
Ed Harcourt, producer of ‘Notes From An Island’.
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 3 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.