Another multi instrumentalist that I’ve recently picked up on is James Blackshaw. He’s a similar type of musician to Andreas Soderstrom who I’ve previously talked about and uploaded music by. James' music is a hypnotic style of acoustic guitar playing that echoes back to the 60’s Takoma label. He updates the sound with nice pianos and warm digital elements in compositions that Steve Reich would be proud of.
Born in London in 1981, he's so far released Seven solo studio albums, one live recording and has also appeared on numerous compilations. His latest album ‘The Glass Bead Game’ came out last month and I’m really taken by the track The Cross.
His songs have an almost classical quality to them; Rolling Stone Magazine described him as “the best and most original instrumentalists in the new, acoustic renaissance”. James has toured extensively across europe, Japan and the US since 2005; playing sold-out large venues supporting Jose Gonzalez and smaller intimate gigs.
Sadly and despite all this he's virtually unknown outside of the folk underground.
This summer he’ll be playing in Manchester at the Hedge Festival. The festival takes place on Saturday 1st August at St Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range. It runs from 1pm til 1am, 2 stages (indoor and outdoor) 13 bands. Tickets are £15 and our friends at Jam St will be hosting the bar.
To get you in the mood I’ve uploaded a very nice live version of The Cross.