SUNJAY: Folk and blues national awards nominated guitar-slinger + Jenni & Richard

Date/Time Sun 03 Jul 2016 7:45 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 booking fee; On The Door - £10


We’re delighted to welcome Sunjay back to TwickFolk; stepping in for the unavailable Lowri Evans (who we will reschedule for 2017).

Aged 22, Sunjay Brayne is paradoxically perhaps the last of the ‘1960’s’ guitar players. Reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn & Jackson C. Frank, his voice is authoritative and “brings a depth of meaning to all the songs he sings that belie his age”. Influenced by the blues, but drawing heavily from genres such as Folk, Country & Rock, goes from strength to strength, having already built a solid platform with his many accolades

With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.

“An amazing picker, a must see.” – Terry Reid

“Listen, watch and take note.” – FATEA Magazine

You may have seen Jenni Gould and Richard Carter playing floor spots at TwickFolk this year. We didn’t wait long to give them a support slot, and this felt like a great match! Jenni’s songs have often been compared to those of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, combining folk, jazz, blues, country and more than a little hint of rock n roll, with raw emotional lyrics. With this classically trained pianist with strong theatrical leanings, every song is a story.