These artists appearing at Festival 2018
Blair Dunlop (UK)
Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released three albums, two ep’s and toured widely around the globe. All of this in a short four-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
His third album, Gilded, was released in May 2016 on his own label – Gilded Wings – and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases The Egoist and 356 both of which were remixed by Ed Harcourt. Prior to this, Blair released his acclaimed album House Of Jacks in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut Blight and Blossom (the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award).
Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. The Guardian stated that the House Of Jacks proves Blair is ‘an increasingly adventurous songwriter’, Uncut reviewed it as ‘thoughtful and exploratory’, The Independent on Sunday described it as ‘fluent, lamentory and accomplished’ while Q Magazine wrote that House of Jacks is ‘an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go’.
“The busy crowd…is testament to Dunlop’s talents. Dunlop brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary. He’s determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction” – THE INDEPENDENT – Live review
“when he ambles on unannounced and kicks off with the gentle shuffle of ‘The Station’, it’s one of those ‘worth the ticket price alone’ moments. It makes you realise why he’s one of those young musicians who gets painted with the great white hope brush and why his guitar playing ranks him alongside the likes of some of the folk masters.” –SONIC BANDWAGON
“Blair Dunlop it appears, is climbing his way to the mainstream with his very British brand of pop tinged folk.” – ONE STOP RECORD SHOP