"the deep and rooted James Hollingsworth" -
|South-West England-based James Hollingsworth has a unique,
complex acoustic guitar style, reminiscent of Andalusian guitar, fusing
elements of folk, blues, trance, metal and psychedelic rock. Since
turning professional in 2006, he's had BBC radio airplay and interviews
both locally and nationally, toured as far West as Cornwall, as far
East as Kent & as far North as Scotland, notably at Priddy Folk
Fayre, Two Rivers Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Winter's End Festival
+ supports for Nick Harper, Cara Dillon, Hazel O'Connor, 60's
legends It's a Beautiful Day and Barry 'The Fish' Melton
(of Country Joe and
The Fish), who said:
"It was truly a phenomenal experience hearing James
music, I know now that the tradition of groundbreaking music is in good
hands. Thank you, James – Barry Melton."
'Doing it the old way' by paying his dues far and wide, practising
hard, and never doing the same set twice, James picks material with his
mood and that of the audience. As well as being a critically acclaimed
songwriter, he also performs soulful interpretations from his
repertoire of 350+ covers, including solo acoustic Pink Floyd Nights.
As frontman with rock act JEBO , with whom he performed at London's Royal
Albert Hall & Loreley (DE), James met and is continuing to work
with legendary Island Records producer John Burns.
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02/06/2013 - Check out this promotional video for
of the Windsmith at Bath Fringe 2013 on Sunday 9 June -
3:00 pm and 08:00 pm; Songs! A gripping story of the Other World!
Shakespearean Steampunk Players! Belly Dancing! Digital Shadow
Puppetry! A truly Multi-Media Extravaganza! A year in the making! Plus
a rare chance to see inside the Masonic Temple of Bath (Old Theatre
Royal) - Weird meets Wyrd!
22/05/2013 - Addendum to the news item below! Breathing
It in has passed the Fandalism
Threshold of Hotness getting more than 200 views within the first
24 hours of going live - thanks for watching, folks!
21/05/2013 - Check
out this brand new video of Breathing
It in, featuring James and his voice, shot by Jason
Flinter, who says "It almost couldn't have been sung by anyone
else - Such a pleasure working with local legend James Hollingsworth
and an honour to have him sing one of our songs! After weeks of
intermittent rain we finally found one morning to shoot this video
right outside James' house which is literally his back yard!"
Vocals: James Hollingsworth - Music: Jason Flinter - Lyrics: Jackie
Spindley. Mixed by Hollingsworth/Flinter, mastered by James. Published
by The Song Diner © copyright 2013
16/05/2013 - James has posted a Live Loop version of Pink Floyd's 'Run
Like Hell' on YouTube - see it HERE.
Using live footage from one of James' Pink Floyd Nights (at Driftwood
Spars in Cornwall) with live VJ projections from Jonathan Hayter of Figure
of Speech (see also Rama),
this version was recorded back in February this year and really shows
James has come with his Looping skills - "if you want to see
really knows how to use a 'looper' - check this man out - from creating
WW1 dog fights through Peruvian mountain scapes to huge choral rock
opera - and all with one acoustic guitar - just EPIC !!!" - www.thesongdiner.co.uk.
24/04/2013 - Announcing Song of the Windsmith - possibly the
last performance thereof - part of the Bath Fringe Festival at the Old Theatre
Royal on Sunday 9 June - Song of the Windsmith - The Steampunk Theatre Company will this time
feature the beautifully talented dancing of Miriam Schäfer,
narrated by Kevan
Manwaring, with live music from James Hollingsworth
and Sean McBride, and multi-media projections from Jonathan Hayter.
Before the performance Bath Drama will be giving a sneak preview of their
Steampunk version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (scheduled for Green
Park Station a week later).
Watch out for the Mechanicals in the foyer!
Two performances, one at 15:00 and the other at 20:00. Price:
£12/£10 conc. Bath Box Office phone: 01225 463362 More
details on Lemonrock.
20/02/2013 - Hear
James' latest collaboration with Jason Flinter, Breathing it In,
Written by Jason
Flinter, mixed by Hollingsworth/Flinter, mastered by James. "It
all began when Jason got me into his vocal booth
some months back for a paid vocal-session to record the voices for this
uplifting song he'd co-written. After we'd written a couple of other
tracks together, the song was still just sitting there waiting for an
artist to take it on, so... I visited Jason's studio again and mixed
the track, and mastered it today! Hope you enjoy it - Breathe in the
05/02/2013 - James'
41 minute video '29
Clips' has been cut into bite-size chunks and the pieces posted on
YouTube - check out the first track, 'Mothership'
04/02/2013 - "Privately Minded" by James Hollingsworth and Jason Flinter,
has passed the THRESHOLD OF HOTNESS on Fandalism.
31/01/2013 - "Thanks to all you people who come along to my gigs!
had a fantastic tour, including two Pink Floyd Nights, sold loads of my
original cd's, and the brilliant feedback for my live sound these days
is encouraging to say the least! Thank you all!" - James.
12/12/2012 - Listen
on Soundcloud to 'Sea
of Enrichment'. Written
and recorded with Jason Flinter of The Song Diner
and released today to launch the 'Midst the
Point' album project. Jason originally came up with the song's
and bridge then thought to himself "Hmmm, this sounds like a James
Hollingsworth song!", and so invited James to work on the song with
him. After discussing the ideas behind the song, James added a chorus
had been hanging around looking for a home and which turned out to have
exactly the same
chords as Jason's bridge! "We then wrote the mid-section together
and mixed it at Jason's studio. My biggest production yet, hope you
like it! Best
regards, James." The album will include more Flinter/Hollingsworth
co-written material as well as two of James' songs recorded with JEBO in 2009.
Following the successful acoustic premiere of Song of the Windsmith at The Castle of the Muses in Scotland and the launch
of the full multi-media show at Acorn Theatre in Cornwall, here's some great
feedback from Bristol's The Song Diner: "Went to see James
Hollingsworth Perform in his show 'Song of the Windsmith' in Stroud - if you want to
see someone who really knows how to use a 'looper' - check this man out
- from creating WW1 dog fights through Peruvian mountain scapes to huge
choral rock opera - and all with one acoustic guitar - just EPIC !!!"
More excellent feedback for the show includes a fabulous review from
Lilian Helen Brzoska, of silverbirchproductions.co.uk: 'They are
BRILLIANT Bardic Performers. James Hollingsworth is on zee guitar, a
wizard of flying fingers and glorious tones. He also sings
spectacularly well. Kevan Manwaring's "Song of the Windsmith" is a
perfect winged chariot for them both to fly, lifting through many
spheres and dropping to the Earth's Core with adept aplomb and engaged
Heart energy.' - Next chance to see the show is at Birdwood
House in Totnes on Sunday 2 December - check out Song of the Windsmith page for more info, all
show dates are also on the gigs page!
Meanwhile, James continues to book solo gigs well into 2013, and live
work with Sean McBride is starting to kick off also, with a road-test
for their collaborative songs at Bristol's
Seven Stars on Sunday 25 November, watch this space for
developments... gigs page :-)
21/08/2012 - Read a
biographical article about James by Ian Pemble at Bristol 24/7 who explains why the "multi-talented" James was "never
born for marine biology".
02/08/2012 - James has been approached by the British Library Sound Archive to contribute some
of his recordings to the archive, saying he was "putting out some
great music, but sadly (apart from an old Glastonbury demo) we don't
anything of yours in the collection, I wonder if you would be
interested in donating any of your releases to the Archive? Hopefully
if you agree to get involved with us, with world class facilities at
hand we can provide the safest possible home for your releases, both
for preservation and access, for many generations to come." The
collection is open to anyone (researchers, writers, fans etc) who have
a British Library readers pass, they have to make an appointment to
attend the archive in person at the British
Library in London, or at the other site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire
(UK). James is pleased and honoured to be asked, so is now compiling
tracks to send to the archive.
26/07/2012 - James'
song This Mote in Heaven has been added to a
compilation of Beat
Sounds from Way Out from mix-maestros Institute For Alien
Research... listen for free to the whole compilation here!. This spontaneous first version of This Mote in Heaven was recorded during the
summer of 2011 in one
take using live looping, no overdubs. This genre of music, which makes
extensive use of a Boomerang
III Phrase Sampler, James calls 'Psy-Trad' (Psychedelic
Trance with Traditional instruments). James wrote the lyrics upon
waking from a dream in 2004.
24/07/2012 - James
is pleased to announce Song of the Windsmith, the first
production of The Steampunk Theatre Company, a musical stage
version of Kevan Manwaring's Windsmith
novel series. Dynamic spoken word from Kevan (former Bard
of Bath and Bard
of Glastonbury), live multi-media visual projections from Jonathan
Hayter of Figure
of Speech (see also Rama),
with a live soundtrack from James' using his custom live-looping
pedal-board. Music, song and soaring music come together in a
ground-breaking Lit 'n' Roll show! The first
performance is at Carrick
Castle in western Scotland, with other
confirmed dates (so far) in Cornwall, London and Gloucestershire. More
30/06/2012 - James was interviewed on Frome FM with Saravian in the Frome FM Live
Lounge: listen again to
the interview by downloading the mp3 here!
23/04/2012 - James
will soon be playing 3 gigs in the Bristol area including the Macmillathon,
a charity event raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support (please donate
HERE) on Saturday 28 April at Marlow's, right after appearing with Sean
Kingston's Acoustic afternoon at the Seven Stars just
over the Bristol
Bridge earlier that day. James will also be playing a short set at Bristol Folk
Festival 2012 on Bank Holiday
Monday 7 May.
An hour from Bristol on Tuesday 1 May, James will be the
featured artist at Seend Acoustic Club, who had these kind words to
say in anticipation of his 2 forty-minute sets:
"A warm welcome awaits this fine musician from Bristol.
did a floorspot here back in October and we booked him on the spot.
James performs regularly several times a week up and down the country
honing his incredible talent. He has an extraordinary vocal and is a
genius guitar player too." - details of all gigs on the gigs page.
Check out these 2 recently co-written songs from James and Sean
McBride on Soundclick - catch them in Bristol on Saturday
Just the Way it is
14/02/2012 - James'
new video '29 Clips' has been launched on You Tube and Vimeo. 41 minutes
in length, the video features 29 ~1-minute Music Clips with
Slideshow/Tweakshow of photography and video clips from James' travels
in the UK and Taiwan. The music previews tracks from upcoming albums
with performances by Sean McBride (sax/flute) and Sandro Granda
07/02/2012 - 35 new
tracks have now been added to
James' SoundClick musician/artist page! There's clips from the
Your Nature2 album (sneak previews of work in progress; further
begins soon with legendary producer
John Burns (Genesis,
Spear, Traffic etc etc) and other musicians, including the redoubtable
talents of Sean
McBride (sax/flute/blues harp). Release is planned before
end of the year); also! Psy-Trad (Psy-Trance with Traditional
instruments) 'Adventures in Loopland' - experimental live looping with
III Phrase Sampler (now a permanent part of James' pedalboard)...
plus! other as-yet
from ongoing album projects. Most clips are available for free download
19/11/11 - James' new
song ONE has now reached #5 in the SoundClick
chart! Much gratitude to everyONE for listening :-) Hear
Now back from Taiwan, James says "I had an amazing time
there, met so many kind, generous and open-hearted people, played to
some warmly attentive audiences and ate some sublime food! The scenery
there is spectacular also, almost inevitably mystic..."
11/11/11 - the album project Elevensongs was launched in
Taiwan, coincidentally in #1 flat on the eleventh floor, where,
unknowingly at first, the same
text as shown on the artwork for the project (shown right) hung on the
wall above James' bed for the night. This was the Heart
written in classical Chinese script, which, in the circular version
shown to the right, James had previously chosen
as the perfect artwork
for his ElevenSongs project even before he knew what the script
said or even
before he realised that the version, shown right,
was, quite remarkably, divided into 11 bamboo sections.
"Coincidence is what the Universe does for fun!" - The
Eleventh Doctor (BBC)
28/10/11 - in advance
of the 11/11/11 launch date for his 'Elevensongs'
album project, part
of his Numerical album sequence, and marking the last day of one
reckoning of the Mayan Calendar, 28 October 2011, James announces the
release of his song 'ONE', you
it here. Why not come to a gig to hear it played live? Go to the gigs page, or sign up for James'
localised email list for news of gigs
26/07/11 - James is
delighted to announce that he is now working with the legendary John Burns
(Genesis, Jethro Tull, Burning Spear etc etc) on the long-awaited
second disc of his album Eight Your
Nature, the mixes are shaping-up well, but in keeping with the
characteristic delays that have become associated with the project, no
release date is yet available. One thing is sure though - it'll be
well-worth the wait!
02/06/11 - James has
been booked to
support David Ford at The Tunnels in Bristol on Thursday 16
June, full details on the Gigs Page.
08/04/11 - 17.50 BST -
James has posted a whole set of songs covering his musical influences,
including: Tom Waits; The Doors; Cat Stevens; Gong; Richie Havens;
Gershwin; Fred Neil and more - visit James YouTube Channel and please subscribe!
25/03/11 - Check out
this track featuring James on vocals - Breathing It In. Through mutual friend Sean
McBride, James was invited to do a vocal session by friendly
neighbourhood producer Jason Flinter of The Song Diner
- It's a fresh breezy song for Spring, enjoy!
15/03/11 - James is
thrilled to have been billed to support the excellent Nick Harper
again, this time at the Bristol Folk House on Saturday 28 May. James is
also confirmed to play at the enormous 175th Anniversary event at Bristol Zoo in
mid-July, details to follow. Speaking of gigging, James' show now
judicious use of the new
Boomerang III looper installed in his updated pedalboard.
21/01/10 - Work on the
second disc of Eight Your
Nature continues steadily, and meanwhile here's a glowing
review of James' latest release, 'Two
and Two', by Dave Urwin of Live Music Scene: read it here.
10/11/10 - See James
perform Side One of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon,
with lightshow by Jonathan Hayter (Figure of
Speech), solo with NO backing tracks! Here's Part
1 on YouTube and here's Part
2 on YouTube.
26/10/10 - James' new
EP, 'Two and Two', is now
available on i-Tunes, check it out here.
20/10/2010 - Free
mp3 Download! James says - "I suddenly decided to record this
at about 20.10, and posted it on www.jameshollingsworth.com at about
10.20." Quick work!
10/10/10 - Free mp3
the official launch of the Tetraktys album project! As with Narcissus (launched
09/09/09, which so far offers 2 tracks for free download), the first
track of Tetraktys is available as a free mp3. (160kbps 3.5MB). Further tracks will
available as they are finished, on suitably synchronistic
dates. James is indebted to his friend Solar Bud
who pointed out that 10 is '2' in binary and therefore it is
unnecessary to release 10 albums for the project and so the plan is to
eventually release the cd as a double-
Wikipedia entry on Tetraktys.
In the words of Robert
Apatow: "The Tetraktys is an equilateral triangle formed from
the sequence of the first ten numbers aligned in four rows. It is both
a mathematical idea and a metaphysical symbol that embraces within
itself in seedlike form the principles of the natural world, the
harmony of the cosmos, the ascent to the divine, and the mysteries of
the divine realm. So revered was this ancient symbol that it inspired
ancient philosophers to swear by the name of the one who brought this
gift to humanity--
28/09/10 - Two and
Two has reached number 2 in the Soundclick
Chart! Thanks for listening!
20/09/10 - James' new
cd EP 'Two and Two' was
launched yesterday and he actually sold out at his gig in Monmouth!
includes the title track with Sean
McBride on sax plus 4 live recordings: Sooner or Later, Swansong
and Still Lights up the Rain
recorded live at Bristol's St George's Hall + a live version of Faster
than Light with Sean
McBride (flute) and Sandro Granda
(percussion). The artwork includes the perfect 5-sided rosette formed
by the dance of Earth and Venus over 8 Earth-years. More cd copies are
in production, press the button below to
order through Paypal!
13/09/10 - No less
than twelve new videos are up today on James' YouTube
Channel! Plus check out the updated images
page, which also includes two brand-new JEBO galleries
commemorating James' tenure as front-man for the band.
08/09/10 - 11th hour
pm GMT. Announcing Free mp3 Download of Two and Two,
ongoing album project Eight Your
Nature, with Sean McBride on sax!
James says; "It needs a few tweaks, but it's
pretty-much there." (26/10/10 nb The free download link has been
removed, hear it on Soundclick, or buy it on i-Tunes. Enjoy!)
27/08/10 - We're
pleased to announce that on Sunday
28 November James will be
supporting the excellent Nick Harper at Chapel Arts Centre in Bath. James is particularly
happy to have landed this gig supporting Nick, who is the son of the
great Roy Harper
and a supreme talent in his own right. More details on the Gigs Page.
19/08/2010 - to mark
the passing of 9th months, 9 weeks and 9 days since the launch of the Narcissus album on
09/09/2009, James has announced the posting of a free download
the Eyes of Aliens another improvisation, like the 9 minute, 99
second Paradise Lost from the same album. Through
the Eyes of Aliens features
Tone-Accelerated Acoustic Guitar and Hand-drums dynamically massaged
with an electronic Compressor and includes spontaneous themes from
Culture including Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Download it here!
05/08/10 - See the Music Page to hear new
tracks for FREE DOWNLOAD
featuring the talents of Sean
McBride (sax), Sandro Granda
(percussion) and Zac Gregory
(double bass)! There are 2 tracks for free download and more on the way.
27/07/10 - What an
excellent night! Sean McBride accompanied James on stage with sax and
flute and received an enthusiastic encore from the main act. Barry
Fish' Melton, of Country Joe and The Fish, like the true gentleman
is, wrote a few words (reproduced below) and even bought a couple
of cd's, which James gratefully signed for him. Also, David and
Linda LaFlamme of
It's a Beautiful Day very kindly swapped a copy of their classic
eponymous psychedelic album for James' Coming
Home to Stay.
"It was truly a
phenomenal experience hearing
Hollingsworth's music, I know now that the tradition of groundbreaking
music is in good hands. Thank you, James - Barry Melton"
'The Fish' Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish)
- 3 great new
mp3's recorded at Bristol's St
George's Hall, famous for its exceptionally fine acoustic, are now
available for free download:
click to download mp3 ------> Sooner
or Later (live at St George's Hall)
click to download mp3 ------>
Swansong (live at St George's Hall)
click to download mp3 ------>
Lights up the Rain (live at St George's Hall)
29/03/10 - James' set
at Winter's End
Festival was very warmly received, here's a review from Get Ready To Rock:
"Yet another change of style next with James a solo
singer/guitarist full of charisma and star quality singing his
folky/rock numbers in for me the manner of Cat Stevens who I am sure
would have been proud to have written some of the material on display.
Really enjoyed the up-tempo Way Down South and the very atmospheric
Still Lights Up the Rain complete with the story behind the song, both
from his 2007 CD Coming Home to Stay.
James combined rich vocals, excellent guitar and great humour between
numbers, he played a strong set finishing with 2 real gems Faster
Than Light and the epic Mothership."
03/03/10 - In
anticipation of his two gigs in Stroud on Saturday 13 March at Winters End
Festival and The
Prince Albert, James will visit Stroud FM on Tuesday 9 March for a live interview
and acoustic session from about 17.15 before zooming up to his gig in
Leominster that evening. The station is up the dusty end of the FM
dial: FM 107.9.
28/01/10 - James has
been confirmed to play a set on Saturday 13 March at Winters End
Festival, in Stroud. Also on the bill are Magenta, Galahad, Touchstone
as well as fellow Bristol-ites Crimson
Sky (Bristol) and Andonova (based in Cheltenham). The festival
website annouced: "James Hollingsworth is a Bristol-based
singer-songwriter with an exciting guitar style. He will be best known
to prog audiences as the former lead singer of Jebo. We are thrilled
that James has agreed to play a short afternoon acoustic set at the
Festival." The very same evening James will play a full set at The
Prince Albert, also in Stroud. Full details on the gigs page.
08/01/10 - James now
has a Facebook artist page - James Hollingsworth (Musician/Artist) - please
show your support!
02/01/10 - Happy New
Year! Download the taster mp3 from the forthcoming second disc of
James' double album Eight Your Nature
here. It's called Deny Denial,
released today at 5.12 pm GMT, 512 days (8 x 8 x 8) after the release
date of the first disc, 08/08/08.
04/11/09 - James' performance of words and music at the Garden of Awen
event at the Chapel
Arts Centre in Bath was a great success. Host Kevan Manwaring
said in his blog
(where you can read the full review):
"The evening ended with a blistering set from
guitar-shaman and sublime songsmith, James Hollingsworth. He was
‘resurrected’ for a stunning encore of Led Zep’s classic ‘In My Time of
Dying’ – a suitable way to end our evening themed on ‘Death &
18/09/09 - James has been made Artist of the week by Lemonrock,
the live music website. Nice.
09/09/09 - Free mp3 Download - get it here! This is an
instrumental exactly 9 minutes and 99 seconds long called Paradise
Lost (Book One), inspired by the work of John
Milton, the 17th Century English poet, where the multitude of
fallen Angels wake up for the first time in the lake of fire. Milton
wrote "Nine times the space that measures day and night to mortal
men, he with his horrid crew lay vanquish'd, rolling in the firey gulf".
This is the first track of an album called Narcissus, each
track will be available for free download until they total 9 tracks and
they become a CD release costing (yes, you guessed it) £9.
02/09/09 - Great News!
James' music has been played on BBC 6Music's BBC Introducing show, hosted by Tom Robinson no
less. They contacted James asking for a copy of his song Way Down South and
played it on Monday 24th August along with a phone interview
with Rachel, the lady who recommended James to them via the link on the
promo page of this
Rachel and her partner Ade came to James' recent gig in Polperro
after a friend of theirs, who'd witnessed a Hollingsworth gig in Wales,
told them he was a 'must see'. Live on the air, she praised James'
unassuming approach and the passion in his performance, saying his
"captures your soul!!" Here's the tracklisting for the show.
03/06/09 - 'The
Joyful Returning' – new CD released today! It's a compilation of
Journeys, more than 72 minutes of music, available from today for
£6. This cd comprises a load of far-out music almost guaranteed
to bring you back to where you are already. Go to James' MySpace Blog to view the track listing or just
press the Buy Now button below.
19/05/09 - The
Sussex County Times did a nice piece on James last week in
anticipation of his successful gig at the Boar's Head
in Horsham. The venue described the set as "simply magic". Read
the preview here, or click the picture.
10/05/09 - After a
long and committed term as singer and frontman with rock band JEBO, James has
now left the band. He was last seen outside the Wellington pub in north
Bristol driving a gold-coloured Vauxhall Astra into a red-ochre sunset.
29/04/09 - Click here for the BRFM Video interview and studio set.
Included in this 65 minute video is a new song, 'Get back to the
Here and Now',
which James wrote
an hour before the interview using a mandolin he took down from the
studio wall, dusted off and repaired. Other songs include 'You're
not the only one' (from the Coming Home to Stay album), 'Deny Denial'
(from the forthcoming second disc of James' Eight Your Nature
album) and the frequently requested Arabesque instrumental 'Dervish'.
Versions of the songs
encoded at higher quality will be posted on YouTube and Myspace in due
12/03/09 - Get the new
of the Albums, here! For just £5 you get 12 songs hand-picked
the live favourites so often requested at gigs. There's more
information on the album page here
including track-listing, or just press the button below to order it
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