James Hollingsworth
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South West England based James Hollingsworth has 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 fully 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.

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."

A former long-time resident of Bristol's Tantric Jazz Cafe, James is adaptable and spontaneous, picking 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, as well as themed solo acoustic Pink Floyd Nights, Psych Rock Nights and Rock Nights at local venues and private events.

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As frontman with rock act JEBO, James performed at top venues including The Royal Albert Hall, and worked with producer John Burns (Genesis, John Martyn, Burning Spear) on their debut album, Sinking Without You.

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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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