"the deep and rooted James Hollingsworth" -
|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 350+ covers, including solo acoustic Pink Floyd Nights
(also Stereophonics, Eagles, Oasis,
The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Sting, Travelling
Wilburys, Supertramp, Genesis, Yes, Richie Havens; They
Might be Giants, Beatles, Dylan, John Martyn, Tim Buckley, Cat Stevens
+ Jazz & Blues
Standards, Traditional faves etc etc).
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.
Click to hear James' music
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:
1. Breathing it in (with Jason Flinter)
2. Some Say (live loop)
3. In your own Time (live loop)
4. Saturn Ruin (live loop)
5. Still Lights up the Rain (live at St Georges Hall)
6. Rumi (from Eight
7. Mothership (from
8. Faster than Light (with Sean and Sandro, 2007)
9. Sea of Enrichment (with Jason Flinter)
10. Clouds Begin their Reign (with Jason Flinter)
11. Privately Minded (slow) (with Jason Flinter)
12. Way Down South (from Coming
Home To Stay)
13. Far away from Home (with JEBO) - note that this
version is James'
mix, he and John Burns will soon be remixing for 'proper' release.
Loopland v1.0 - Psy-Trad
(Psychedelic Trance/Rock with Traditional Instruments)
With guitars, vocals, percussion, flutes, harmonicas, 'synth' noises,
nothing pre-recorded, no backing tracks:
1. Some Say
2. In Your
3. Saturn Ruin
4. Hotter (part of The Game of
Clouds and Rain)
what you make it (Talk Talk)
6. Remembering (part of The Game of
Clouds and Rain)
7. This Mote in Heaven
8. The Salmon Song
9. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)
10. Dust my
Broom (Elmore James)
11. Strawberries (part of The Game of Clouds
(please note that all covers are bonus tracks only).
Get the cd before v1.0 becomes v1.1 (the covers are likely to be
replaced)! (It's £10, running time 62 mins 44 seconds)
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.
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