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Ace guitarist and singer/songwriter James Hollingsworth also plays a great range of covers from classic upbeat Pop/Rock to obscure Folk and Blues - as well as Psychedelia including his solo Pink Floyd Nights, Psych Rock Nights and Rock Nights. Using state-of-the-art Live Looping, real percussion and effects as with his original music, no pre-recorded backing tracks are used.

James combines a unique, exciting acoustic guitar style reminiscent of the Andalusian tradition, a superb and passionate singing voice with a mean harmonica style to boot.

Since going full-time as a music professional in 2006, James has become an acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing regularly several times a week the length and breadth of the country honing his talents as an energetic and animated front man, making for a captivating performance.

His often visionary songs are refreshingly inventive and accessible, drawn from his Folk-Blues roots, influenced by the likes of William Blake, Roy Harper and Tim Buckley as well as Prog Rock, by turns delicately tranquil and then soaring with "hypnotic groove munching guitar space freak-outs - plus glorious songwriting within" (says The Wunder Bar). Steeped with ecological awareness, a rare hopefulness, warmly humorous undercurrents, and immaculate musicianship, he is a true exponent of the modern British singer/songwriter - "a real gem" say Monmouthshire Music.

James gets about - as his gigs page will show. He's supported Nick Harper three times over the years, also Cara Dillon, Hazel O'Connor, Arthur Brown, Phil Beer, 60's legends It's a Beautiful Day and even Barry 'The Fish' Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish), who once said:

"It was truly a phenomenal experience hearing James Hollingsworth's music, I know now that the tradition of groundbreaking music is in good hands. Thank you, James – Barry Melton."

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A special occasional show celebrating the music of Pink Floyd, also featuring some of his own songs, James has been wowing audiences throughout the UK with this uniquely solo show, using modern Looping technology, with live percussion, voice and guitar effects to build complex arrangements in real time, no pre-recorded backing tracks are used! details

Click to see James performing 'One of these Days' at Bath Fringe Festival

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Click to see James performing 'Some Say' at Cornbury Festival


"guitar wizard" - 5 Best gigs - The Independent

"Wonderful" - Bath Comedy Festival

"has to be seen..... and heard to be believed" – www.wunderbar.co.uk

"one of the weekend’s highlights." - Andy Read – Winters End Festival

"A popular visit, James' original tunes never fail to impress." - North Devon Gazette

"a true talent, refreshingly inventive and accessible." - The Queen's Head, Monmouth

"a real gem" - Monmouthshire Music

"rich vocals, excellent guitar and great humour" – Get Ready to Rock

"powerful lyrics, haunting melodies and refreshing onstage chat" - TSMRadio.net

"extraordinary vocal, genius guitar player, a consummate performer” - Seend Acoustic

“guitar maestro” - Ragged Trousered Folk, Hastings

"incredibly talented as a vocalist and guitarist." - www.newbristoljazz.co.uk

"amazing voice and a superb songwriter, guitarist and performer." - CICCIC, Taunton

"Guitar-Shaman & Sublime Songsmith" - Garden of Awen

“Amazing” - Visual Radio Arts


"I think you will love this CD from what must be one of the best song writers in the country."
- Bristol Rocks

"Honest, down to earth meaningful lyrics. The world needs more music like this."
- Folk Blues and Beyond

“a blissfully original sound." - Lemonrock

“If it wasn’t for the excellent production I’d believe that these tracks were recorded on a portable tape in a mountain forest in a single afternoon”- Dave Urwin, Live Music Scene

“a master of inflection, a major vocal+songwriting talent combination” - Van Casey

“James Hollingsworth is UNIQUE and dare I go out on a limb, I don't think he has an equal”
- Eden of Albuquerque

“Hollingsworth paints canvas with his songs, there is something almost visual about them”
- FATEA Records

“Powerful performances, distinctive songwriting, a prog-rock sensibility pared down to the acoustic... and perfect production. Brilliant!"

"He's an excellent and frenetic fingerpicker reminiscent of John Fahey." - Acoustic Music.

“His live vocals are better than many artists' studio vocals." - www.rambles.net

The only comparison I can readily make, is to the voice of Tim Buckley, and this is something I do not suggest glibly." - Woven Wheat Whispers

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