"A Marvel!" - The
Rose and Crown, Charlbury
|South-West England-based James Hollingsworth has a unique,
complex acoustic guitar finger-style, reminiscent of Andalusian guitar,
elements of folk, blues, trance, metal and psychedelic rock. Since
turning professional in 2006, he's played numerous festivals, private
acoustic and rock venues nationally, supported 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, busking nationally, 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 performs soulful interpretations from his repertoire of 300+ covers, including
solo acoustic Pink Floyd
Nights. Contact James
to book him for your event (Check availability).
As frontman with rock act JEBO
, with whom he performed at London's Royal
Albert Hall & Loreley
(DE), James met and and is continuing to learn from the musical
legendary Island Records producer John Burns.
Further releases to be announced.
Click to hear James' music
07/05/2014 - It's
been a busy start to the year, with new cd 'Live at the Wunder Bar'
(Adventures in Loopland v2.0), and the latest round of video uploads
resulting in a Live
Gigs Playlist on YouTube.
| 04/01/15 - New Year Greetings to you all! After
being seen at Seend
Acoustic last year, James has
been asked to play a short set supporting fabulous folk fiddler Phil Beer at The Village Pump
Folk Club in Trowbridge, on Friday 6 March. View details of
the gig here. Meanwhile, James will be playing a headline
set at Seend Acoustic on Wednesday 4 February.
16/11/14 - James' album of new material Thirteen
Moons now has its own album
page, here. The album has been
hailed as his best release to date and sets a benchmark for the next
phase in James' songwriting career. The album is also distinguished by
having unique artwork for every copy, see the album page for details!
08/11/14 - Following a busy summer, moving, gigging
and taking a 2-week residential Permaculture Design Course with Aranya,
James has recorded a batch of cover songs, you can hear them on YouTube:
Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
Weather with You (Crowded House)
Wild World (Cat Stevens)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Human (The Killers)
Pick a Part that's New (Stereophonics)
Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys)
You can view the whole Playlist here.
- As we come to Summer 2014, there's loads going for James, with a
radio interview, special event invites, regular
gigs and even the odd
Glory-Gig sprinkled into the mix! He'll be playing completely
acoustically at Goring Unplugged; straight guitar/vocals with Sean
McBride; and playing Songs and SoundScapes, a full-on
solo Loop set at the Colston Hall in
On Sunday 8 June @ The Seven Stars,
Bristol, from 3.00pm, Sean
McBride (sax/flute) and James (guitar/vox) return, joining
forces to offer a set of songs springing from their differently skewed
outlooks on life and
provoking each other's sense of musical
The set will possibly comprise (in no particular order):
Just the Way it is (McBride and Hollingsworth,
Englishman in New York (Sting)
99% (McBride and Hollingsworth, 2011)
Change (McBride and Hollingsworth, 2011)
Walk the Earth (James, 2000)
Privately Minded (Flinter and Hollingsworth, 2011)
Monday 9 June @ FromeFM,
from 9:00pm, James features on the Final
Frontier show (96.6FM, or listen online).
Frontier is set to bring you the cutting edge of the many and
uncountable genres of music, interviews and exclusive airings of rising
stars. We will focus on the local scene, but might drift off in any
time/spatial direction imaginable so keep your seat belts on! "
later comes James' set on Saturday
June @ Colston Hall, from 6:15pm
(Colston Street, Bristol, Bristol. BS1 5AR)
original music aficionados - The sublime
talents of James Hollingsworth awaits your viewing and listening
pleasure at The Colston Hall" - The Song Diner
Hollingsworth performs Songs and SoundScapes, a free gig
in the foyer before the main act
plays in the main hall: 'Bombay Talkies', a presentation by
percussionist Talvin Singh, a key figure in the Asian underground club
Please feel free to Tweet and Instagram your photos and reviews of this
#colstonhall and #show57445 @jh0llingsw0rth
After gigging together
week in Switzerland at The
Cavern, during the Zermatt Unplugged Festival, James extra
work on the
side, as Lead guitarist and backing
vocalist with Alfie
Kington, has been so successful that they've started a new
dedicated wedding band, The Hot Hats. Website url tbc!
and SoundScapes' Colston Hall on Saturday 14 June from
you're in Bristol on Monday
23 June 12-3pm, please come along to support James and Alfie by
up (smart/casual/formal/unique) and coming to the Filming of their
Video, from 12-3 pm at:
The Portcullis (693 Fishponds Road, Fishponds,
Bristol. BS16 3UH).
the event on Facebook.
Hope to see you there :-)
On Tuesday 22 July
Music Train The Music Train leaves Bitton Station, a train
ride with programmed live music every Tuesday,
both on the train
(adults £3; Children/Concessions £2; Carers Free.) and
(free) in the buffet or marquee afterwards.
:::: Enjoy a TRAIN RIDE with LIVE MUSIC :::: Suitable for ALL AGES ::::
The Buffet bar is open until 6.00pm with BBQ
Check out more of James's regular
gigs here :-)
James Hollingsworth - photo by Ryan Sanders
| 'Live at the
Wunder Bar' (Adventures in
Loopland v2.0) was recorded at Midsomer Norton's The Wunder Bar,
and comprises 8 of James' entirely original songs, links are to YouTube
versions (photography by Ryan Sanders):
01 - Wundering (4:31)
'Live at The
Wunder Bar' cd's are £10
02 - Just the
Way it Is (co-written with Sean
03 - Saturn Ruin (8:14)
04 - One Saturday (7:00)
05 - As Ghosts Reveal (8:13)
06 - Faster than Light (7:25)
07 - Sooner or Later (5:21)
08 - Some Say
[Total Running Time - 59:21]
"Fascinating one man band James Hollingsworth
comes to Midsomer Norton's Wunderbar tonight. James conjures some
wonderful soundscapes with guitar effects and loops to create colour
and build the suspense." - Somerset Guardian (2014)
The new Live Gigs Playlist on YouTube includes
tracks from Live at The Wunder Bar,
and complete sets Live
at West Heaton
(supporting Gilmore and Roberts), Goring Unplugged and Burns Night at
Tollgate 2014 (A Genuine Company of Excellent Folk! Proper
Lighting! Jocular Scots! Multi-cameras! Neil Young! Spinning Fish! An
occasional distantly barking dog! Celtic Woolly Jumpers!)
James has been getting some extra work as
Lead guitarist and backing
vocalist with Alfie
Kington, with whom he went to Switzerland in April to play for 5
nights in a converted cave under a swanky hotel, The
Cavern, during the Zermatt Unplugged Festival. The trip was
such a success that Alf has been enthusiastically building a new Duo,
initially with James playing a foot-operated Stomp-Box as well as the
focussing on playing Weddings. For James' part, he's appreciating Alf
care of the business side, leaving more time for playing his own music,
and practising. Moreover, when the new duo is up and running it will
help fund James' original
recording projects! Part of this process has already resulted in a new list of James Cover songs on this
New Pages on the web: Fandalism (a site for musicians to network and
support each other's creative projects) and Presskit.to
for Music Industry and Agency Enquiries.
Also, there are a bunch of new pages on this website, including Image Galleries, and James' list of Cover songs!
23/01/2014 - Hoping
you're starting the New Year
with Hope, the World is certainly full of change!
After a recharge over the festive season, James is hitting the ground
running. With headline shows booked at the intimate
Acoustic, near Devizes, on Wednesday 5 February, and
Music venue, The
Wunder Bar in Midsomer Norton, near Bath, on Thursday 6 February,
James is preparing three special sets comprising two hours of entirely
acoustic 'unplugged' material using multiple instruments and tunings
for Seend, and
a 60 minute all-original 'Loop' set for The Wunder Bar.
Both shows will be filmed/recorded, so please come along!
James and producer John Burns, who now live in neighbouring villages
regularly in touch, and Burns' envaluable influence was given a boost
when he saw James' recent set at a local pub, "that was phenomenal,
Jamesie," the dyslexic genius Burns observed, "most people
won't really understand just how much skill goes into doing that
looping thingie, but I was watching... you've matured." John
has been distracted by other commitments in recent months, and he's
to return to his passion for making music in 2014. Meanwhile James is
continuing to hone his skills as a player.
It was a busy Autumn for James, and a painful one, since he fell down a
bank whilst collecting wood in October. Nevertheless, the show must go
on, and with the help of yoga and regular limbering, James bravely
soldiered on through his Pink Floyd Night gig schedule
and his cracked ribs gradually healed in time for his entirely acoustic
performance at Goring
Unplugged on Fri
22 Nov, a 15 minute set, which was filmed with 4
cameras - they
have the tapes, hopefully they'll post it up soon and we can have a
look at it.
We won't have to wait for videos though, since James'
December tours to
the North and South East, were for the most part also filmed, including
set at West Heaton First Friday,
supporting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Katriona
Gilmore & Jamie
Roberts, the video for which, watch
it here, has now passed the THRESHOLD
OF HOTNESS on Fandalism.
Yet more video news, because Acoustic Nations
turned up with broadcast-quality cameras to film James' headline set at
Ragged Trousered Folk in Hastings on Wednesday
11 December (supported by Starscream's
Adam Lightspeed). They may take 4 months to process the video, so
again, more news when we have it :-)
James and his wife have settled into their cottage in
enjoying the clean air, babbling streams and warm hearth. The spirit of
this rural, locally-minded life has inspired James to play more private
house concerts, or Parlour Gigs, which are also being filmed,
including December's parlour gig at Tollgate
in South Wales, where he's set to play again this weekend (invites
only). Watch the first Tollgate
In 2014 James will be getting more focussed on promotion and
touring/filming, look out for
more news soon!
03/10/2013 - Sandro Granda's video of James playing
his song 'Last Stand' in the picturesque surroundings of The
Dean has been posted on the New Musical Express (NME) website: see it here. James says, "Written in 1989,
the song is a plea for environmental awareness using breath as a
metaphor for the will to act, to do something in the face of the
man-made environmental crisis that has, if anything got worse in the 24
years since the song's inception. It is great to see NME post this
song, and it must be said that organised non-violent struggle against
Ecocide has become stronger since 1989 too, especially with the rise of
the net. Here's to a more-connected world - and to Humanity's
whole-hearted acceptance of our ecological responsibility!"
26/09/2013 - check out James'
page on the new MySpace
18/09/2013 - Announcing 13 Moons
in Loopland v1.0, two new promo cd's, both issued for
promotional purposes, but also for sale here and at James' gigs.
13 Moons represents a thorough taster of
James' collaborations with Jason Flinter, JEBO (with producer John Burns),
Sean McBride and Sandro Granda, along with some choice original Loops.
In an effort to show James' broad range of styles, three popular tracks
from previous albums have been included also, and a previously
unreleased version of Faster than
13 Moons comes with James' hand-drawn
and Celtic Spirals/Knots on the sleeve. If you'd like a copy, get it
here for £10 (running time is a monster 73 mins 55 seconds),
thanks in advance:
11/03/09 - BRFM The Vault
- Live Video
Netcast, will broadcast an interview with James and a live
performance tonight. It will be repeated
at 13.30 on Sunday
15 March and also go out as a
Radio broadcast on 97.3 FM in
South Wales. You can watch the Netcast AGAIN here.
18/02/09 - Tonight
James will be live on-air with BCfm
Drivetime Show, the local Bristol Radio station at 18.30 GMT. Also!
A new £5 cd is available - comprising 12 songs hand-picked from
the live favourites so often requested at gigs. It's called Precession
of the Albums and it's a bargain. More details to follow!
08/01/09 - Happy New
Year! This site has recently been updated with Song Pages,
including live favourites One Saturday
and Way Down South. James plans to use
these pages to showcase his songs, and as a platform for expressing the
that inspire him.
Summer Festival bookings are starting to come in including Two
Rivers Festival in Chepstow on the first weekend in July. All
gigs up to
September this year have now been added to the Gigs
- Good News! James received a call this morning offering a gig at the
Georges Hall supporting Cara
Dillon, who Q
MAGAZINE describe as having 'Quite possibly the world's most
beautiful female voice.' The other act fell through, so James is
happy to fill in at the last minute, it's very short notice:
tomorrow! Wednesday 5 November.
James is on at 7.30pm, tickets are from £16 in advance (£18
on door), you can book online here. Details are on the gigs
page. Meanwhile, James is planning to upgrade
his studio facilities asap so he can release the second cd of his Eight Your Nature
- Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the second disc of
James' first double album is not ready to be released as scheduled.
More details on James' Blog. On a positive note, the tracks are
- the first part of James' new double-album Eight Your Nature
available! The first cd is packed with 80 minutes of archive and live
material, including the much lauded Rumi, which appeared on the
Wayfaring Strangers cd
US. It's available for download on Soundclick or click the Buy Now button to
order the cd. CD Two of studio material will be released in a
simple sleeve and booklet to complete the double-case for all who buy
CD One during the initial first 8 weeks. The mp3 cd of 8 albums will be
released with the second
phase so that it may include this double-album.
22 July 2008 - James had a great live review this month in the Wiltshire Ocelot,
you can read it here.
The acoustic band's performance at Priddy Folk Festival on July 13 was
received to great anticipation from a large gathering of festival
goers. The band
will be playing more gigs after a period in the studio.
James has announced the release of his 8th album, entitled 'Eight
Your Nature', which will be an album of 8 songs released on
08/08/08. Continuing with the concept heralded by 'Seventh String' on
07/07/07 (with 7 songs), James plans to release similar projects until
12/12/2012. There will be a close artistic/symbolic harmony of artwork,
and musical and lyrical content (both personally and culturally) with
each of these 'numerical' releases. The 'Eight Your Nature'
album will be released in two phases, separated by an eight-week
interval (marked by the eighth day of the concurrent Mayan Calendar
The initial release will include a double-CD case with one CD packed
with live recordings, archive material and demo's of songs to be
included on the second CD which will later complete the double-album.
Actually there will be 8 albums on
08/08/08, as James will also be releasing all 8 of his solo albums to
date on a single mp3 CD [nb please see news on 08/08/08. Meanwhile,
the originally planned
follow-up to Coming
Home to Stay will be released at a still later date...].
30 May 2008 - James' music is now available for a
limited time only
for FREE download (in the USA only, sorry) from Amie Street!
Also, you can claim
a $5 electronic "gift card" <= click the link to
download James' music or songs from tens of thousands of other
artists. It's a promotional thing... make use of it while ye may!
May 2008 - Final confirmation of Wayfaring Strangers - Tim
Buckley Sessions, a double bill with The Mandrake Project
at Bath Fringe
Festival's wonderful Spiegel Tent have been announced, the date
being Tuesday 27 May. James will be playing a set of songs by the late,
great Tim Buckley
with Sandro Granda
Gregory (double bass) and Danny
Shayler (Chris Jagger's lead guitarist).
Also confirmed for the acoustic band (without Danny but with Sean
McBride on flute/sax) are Friday 4 July @ Two
Rivers Festival in Chepstow and Sunday 13 July @ Priddy Folk Festival.
See the gigs page for details.
James' album Coming
Home to Stay is now available for high quality download (320
kbps) at Tune Tribe.
March 2008 - James has a new interview posted on the TSM Radio
website - it's here.
Also! There are new videos on the images page
AND JEBO have signed a deal with Öettemusic in
Germany, who do everything a record company do except force musicians
to sell their grandmothers' furniture in order to pay for 'costs'. JEBO
will give finished albums to Öettemusic, who will take a
reasonable cut of the proceeds from their marketing and sales efforts.
We can confirm that Champagne was involved in closing the deal.
James' acoustic band is shaping up with the addition of Zac Gregory on
Double Bass - the set at Priddy Folk Festival will include this new
line-up. Meanwhile work proceeds on James' new album, which will
include many new tracks as well as live favourites There's more to
Life, Wondering where you're going and Time Rolls On.
31 January 2008 - James' song Way Down South, from the album Coming Home to Stay
has reached number 3 in the Soundclick Acoustic Rock Chart. Click here
to listen to this song!
28 January 2008 - Steve Parkhouse has kindly asked James to be his
on air and sing a few tunes tomorrow (Tuesday 29 January) at about 1 pm
Time) on BCFM
(Bristol Community Radio FM). If you are in the Bristol area you can
tune in on 93.2 FM and the rest
of the World can listen online here. The show will be repeated the
following morning at 1:00 UK time (8:00
pm US Eastern Time). Click here for Time Zones.
31 December 2007 - James' interview with Xavier Panades is now up on the Bristol Rocks Website!
New Year message from James: "Thank you all
your support in 2007! It's been a great year for
me. I released 2 solo cd's (and produced Xavier's), relaunched this
website and played many
gigs including top venues such as Loreley with JEBO and a solo
support for Hazel O'Connor at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury. Plus my
Plays with Soundclick increased from 4,644 in the year 2006 to 21,891
in 2007... with the new JEBO album in progress and several solo
festival dates already confirmed, 2008 looks set to be interesting!
Happy New Year to you all! Peace, Peace, Peace!"
21 November 2007 - James' song Way Down South, from the album Coming Home to Stay
has been made mp3 of the week on Lemonrock
live music website, AND has reached number 4 in the Soundclick Acoustic Rock Chart. Click here
to listen to this song!
November 2007 - Current holder of the office of Bard of
Bath, Ash Mandrake, asked James to be one of the 3 or 4
judges of the competition to elect the 12th Bard of
Bath on Saturday 8 December at Invention Arts
Centre, Bath. Each Bard holds the position for 12
months. Of course, James is delighted to be asked, and pleased to
accept the honour of being on the panel. ps the new Bard of Bath is
8 November 2007 - The support for Hazel
O'Connor (Breaking Glass) on Sunday 4 November at Roses Theatre
in Tewkesbury was a great success, there was a long queue of good
people waiting to buy James' CD's, sign up to the email list, and
offer congratulations. The promoter at the Theatre invited James to
return and also, in his capacity as a tour-manager, to support a
well-known artist on their forthcoming UK tour (subject to this
artist's approval). Hazel and her band were most welcoming as were the
In fact, Hazel playfully
taunted James that his dressing room was haunted with the ghost of
comic genius Eric Morecombe who had his third and final
heart-attack there 1984. Thankfully ill-circumstances did not repeat
themselves and, perhaps rather disappointingly, no comic poltergeist
activity was in evidence.
October 2007 - The site was updated to include the first
compilation album from Open Mike
which includes James' song Cast Down from the Skies
(from the 2007 album Coming Home to
October 2007 - The site was updated to include the compilation album Art for
Lands Sake, which includes James' song Still Lights up the Rain
(from the 2007 album Coming Home to
Stay) and a track by the legendary Rory McLeod. The
CD is a fund-raising venture for the buying of land to be nurtured
using the methods of Permaculture.
18 September 2007 - the Promo
and Gigs pages have been updated with loads of ideas
on how you can help promote
James' music and gigs. There's info on posting album reviews, printing
posters, and html code for
posting banners if you have a MySpace profile (or similar).
August 2007 - message from James - "apologies to anyone out there
world who's never
even heard of me for receiving spam from the jameshollingsworth.com
domain recently. I know that this has nothing to do with my email list
by the way,
I do not share
that information with anybody! It's not a virus either. I only know
it's been going on because
I've received more than a 1500 returned emails from System
Administrators in two enormous batches. This gives an idea of how many
emails went out originally, but no idea about who's using my
web-identity as a return-path. Hopefully, the new contact page will
protect me from such things in future."
August 2007 - the support slot has now been confirmed for Hazel
O'Connor (Breaking Glass) on Sunday 4 November at Roses Theatre
in Tewkesbury. James will play a 30 minute set to open the show. See
the Gigs page
28 July 2007 - James has recently returned from a tour in Germany with JEBO
which included a show at Loreley,
supporting ASIA, Jethro Tull and Fish. The trip was very successful,
firmly establishing JEBO with their target audience. There's a tour
blog kindly hosted by Bristol Rocks. Check out this video of the band's
performance on YouTube!
July 2007 - James' new album, Seventh
String was released
22 June 2007 - this Website was relaunched.
The new site features a redesigned song-page with lyrics,
and clips (full-length versions of are available
for high-quality download at a small charge on many sites around the
world including i-Tunes, Woven Wheat Whispers and Soundclick), song and
lyric pages, artwork, photo's and much more added content. The concept
of including track dates on all of James' album releases as part of the
biographical record of his catalogue been included on the new
“This has always been a plan,” James says, “songs often shed light on
the meaning of other songs written at that time. As the website grows,
it will relate and link the song pages together, not just showing songs
listed in order of the album they were released with, but also showing
them in chronological order of their initial inspiration. This is one
of the advantages of the web – it's a dynamic medium and I plan to use
it to present my body of work not just an advertising space for buying
music, but as an integrated kind of 'gallery space', almost as a piece
of art in its own right."
Friday 1 June at 18.20 GMT James had another BBC interview, this time
on BBC Radio Somerset's Drive programme with Jess Rudkin, who probed James regarding his
art-driven approach to songwriting.
James has written a review of a recent benefit gig for the Stop the War
Coalition - it's here.
James' song, Sooner or Later, reached number 4
(out of 10,450+)
in the Soundclick
Acoustic Folk chart. Click here
to hear the track - join for free and vote!
Listen online to James' second BBC interview which took place live on
air on Saturday 28 October 2006 with the lovely Faye Hatcher on BBC Radio
Gloucestershire. James reports he enjoyed the interview which
included him landing a job as a Traffic Bulletin announcer. Listen to
the whole interview here! Alternatively, you can listen to just
James' performance of his song, One Saturday, here.
at The Royal
April 2005, supporting The
Musical Box firmly established the band as one to watch. JEBO were asked
to support The
Musical Box again at the
end of February 2006 at Nottingham's Royal
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