"Since I went professional in 2006, and the
following year released 'Coming Home to
Stay', I have been constantly
encouraged to continue making my living from being a performing
musician. People's support is often so heart-warming and sometimes
amusing as well
:-) I'd like to send out a big thanks for/to:
the good company of hosts and cooks, where I've slept in peace when on
the audiences of great gigs when we 'catch the wave' of the mood of the
time, the place and the music (||: ... never could be any other way ...
the innumerable great Live Music Venues who've taken a chance on
booking me, and those who keep having me back year after year;
the generous buyers of my cd's, mostly at my gigs;
and know that anything given to a busker is worth tenfold,
because it's your choice every time;
photographers like Neil
Palfreyman, Mike Dawson, Lisa Jefferies, Ryan Sanders, Nigel
Powles, Trevor Knowles and others;
Peter Iserloh (RIP), who after seeing JEBO performing at London's Royal Albert Hall
2005, brought their explosive brand Rock'n'Roll to the legendary stage
Lorelei in Germany (I was frontman with the band from 2003 to 2009);
Record Producer Johnnie
Burns for his envaluable advice,
friendship and coffee;
James Hollingsworth Acoustic
Band, being Sean McBride
& Sandro Granda
later, Zac Gregory, who
backed me at Priddy Folk Festival + Two Rivers
Festival, as well as an experimental Tim Buckley Tribute
(honourable mention to ace guitarist Danny Shayler);
Castle of the Muses in Scotland for hosting the debut Bardic
Lit'n'Roll performance of Song of the Windsmith with with poet Kevan Manwaring
(the show later included the work of visual artist Jonathan
Hayter and physical artist Miriam Schäfer at theatres
in Penzance, Northampton, Gloucestershire and
local and national radio hosts who've promoted my gigs and had me in
the many artists and music-lovers out there for appreciation and mutual
hubbub on YouTube, Facebook,
Fandalism, Soundclick, ReverbNation
and, back in the day, MySpace.
... and the random strangers who have become
lasting friends. Hope to see you at a gig,
- If you like, please Print out a Poster, add
details of a gig
near you (venue, date and show-time);
And Sign up to the email list via the Contact
page for info on gigs near you, you can
also get Mobile Phone
updates (in the UK only, just text "GIGS JMWH" to 82085);
Get on to Bob Harris and tell him I've been practising and to
get me on his show!
Post a review on CD Baby,
i-Tunes, Amazon etc;
"guitar maestro" - Ragged Trousered Folk,
"James never fails to surprise and delight with
his many-textured music. Always a great favourite at the Club" - Seend Acoustic
"This Saturday at The Rose & Crown, we welcome
back ace guitarist James Hollingsworth, He plays a great range of music
from folk and blues to rock and psychedelia. His Pink Floyd evening
last year was incredible! Prepare to be entertained!" - Rose
and Crown, Charlbury
"we are pleased to welcome back the wonderful
James Hollingsworth. No-one puts more thought and feeling into his
songs than James, building up the texture of his pieces like a work of
art. With his beautiful vocals, and his careful and precise guitar
playing, James is a consummate performer." - Seend Acoustic
"A popular visit, James' original tunes never fail
to impress." - North Devon Gazette
"incomparable" - Seend Acoustic
"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)
"James has always impressed us with
his thoughtful & lyrical songs.
Superb singing and delicate guitar work make for a captivating
performance." - Seend Acoustic
"Great original stuff from this songmeister, James
is a true talent, refreshingly inventive and accessible." - The
Queen's Head, Monmouth
"A Marvel!" - Rose and Crown, Charlbury
"James Hollingsworth is no stranger to Bristol
audiences and we have come to expect strongly crafted, beautifully sung
songs and stunning guitar work." - Crackerjack
"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 !!!" - www.thesongdiner.co.uk
"truly a phenomenal experience" – Barry
'The Fish' Melton
"I never have to use any Auto-Tune on James' voice"
- Alf Kingston
"The Bristol troubadour returns with another
exciting, stimulating and versatile evening of self penned numbers.
James is very special and continues to receive rave reviews wherever he
plays." - The Queens Head, Monmouth
"A true exponent of the modern British
singer/songwriter - a real gem" - Monmouthshire Music
"A warm welcome awaits this fine musician from
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." - Seend Acoustic Club (2012).
"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
James combined rich vocals, excellent guitar and great humour between
numbers, he played a strong set set finishing with 2 real gems Faster
Than Light and the epic Mothership." Get Ready to Rock
"The much-touted young Bristol-based guitar wizard
and songwriter, who has been compared to Richard Thompson, Al Stewart
and early Fleetwood Mac, travels in possession of a mean harmonica
style and a rapid-fire, Spanish-influenced guitar-picking technique."
5 Best Gigs - The
"Let's just say that this guy had a voice. I don't mean like a normal
everyday voice. I mean one of those singing voices that is so powerful
and full of emotion that it was hard not to feel blown away by how good
Hollingsworth's songs were at once folky, soulful, insightful and
emotional and his audience banter was also there in spades, making him
a very prolific performer.
A testament to how good this guy was is that he had no shortage of
people offering to buy him drinks both during and after his set.
If you get a chance, see James play as soon as possible as it won't be
too long before he's picked up by a record label." - Wiltshire Ocelot,
July 2008. Read full review here.
"James Hollingsworth is one of my top ten favorite male
singer/songwriters of all time!"
Casey - MUSIC AND SPIRIT - read the full review here
"We're reminded of
early Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson, Doobies and Al
Stewart, just to give you an idea... but James Hollingsworth has a
blissfully original sound." - Lemonrock
chose Way Down South, from the album Coming Home to Stay,
as their Song
of the Week, 19 November 2007.)
"stunning and thought-provoking... a real
artist in a sea of imitators. Hollingsworth is UNIQUE and dare I go out
on a limb, I don't think he has an equal" - `Eden Dust
"James Hollingsworth is both incredibly talented
as a vocalist and
guitarist. His carefully considered songwriting has made him popular on
Bristol's acoustic circuit and he is able to turn his talents to a
range of styles from ballads to blues and rock." - New
"Honest, down to earth meaningful lyrics. The
world needs more music
- Folk Blues and Beyond
"It’s rare nowadays for it to be irrefutably true
that a vocalist
genuinely means every word he sings. This much doesn’t so much confirm
itself to be true as leap out from behind a nearby rock and slap you
about the face with a frozen kipper." - Live Music
Scene (read the full
"His live vocals are better than many artists'
studio vocals." - www.rambles.net
"Hollingsworth paints canvas with his songs, there
is something almost
visual about them."
- FATEA Records
"I love this... a great sound and voice."
- DJ Love
"James has really established himself now as a
prolific song writing
machine. He continues to come up with clever lyrics and haunting
melodies... one of the best song writers in the country. We should be
able to add him to our Famous Bristol Musicians Section soon!"
"What a Singer!" - John Burns, Producer
Genesis, Burning Spear,
"James Hollingsworth was a revelation. His songs
were sharp and
melodic, the voice demanding attention and guitar-playing top quality.
Bristol Community Festival.
"Taking time off from his other job, as lead
singer with rock band
JEBO, James Hollingsworth moves into his singer-songwriter mode, a
field in which he has proven himself one of the most intriguing on the
current Bristol scene. His complex guitar style is just as interesting,
with a southern Spanish feel to it." - Bristol
"A calm veteran of the underground Swansea scene
in the early 1990's,
James has struggled through fire and water to produce his stunning and
unique music, which often resembles both. His songs are about peace and
love, and his improvisations carry you away on a light breeze of
thoughtfulness. Check him out at various venues in the West Country."
- Absolute Zero
"An excellent and frenetic fingerpicker"
"James Hollingsworth’s main stage set on the
Saturday afternoon of the
festival ranged from what was grounded in the traditional – a voice
buzzing in the ear, the familiar plucked guitar – to what seemed to
border on the celestial, as both voice and a much effected, but
delicately measured, acoustic guitar swept back and forth across the
arena. James’ performance was captivating…truly so, as many followed
him to the intimate surroundings of the Bar Stage later in the
afternoon, where an equally diverse mixture of songs and styles was in
evidence." Abbey Mill Folk Festival, 2006
"James Hollingsworth is a guitarist, singer and
mean harmonica player.
For anyone who's serious about their music this night is an absolute
must, and there are hints of the great Bob Dylan himself in
Hollingsworth's music." -
"He is without a doubt a rising singer-songwriter
of the new era of
Folk." - Indie World Cafe
"a superb voice and an extremely talented
- Focal Music
"James Hollingsworth - unique, complex, talented -
one of Bristol's
finest singer/songwriters is causing a few waves. This is a major
talent that you'll really want to check out!"
"Brilliant" - www.songlines.co.uk
"Amazing" - Tantric Jazz
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|| Download James' Biog and Influences as pdf.
|| Download Media Quotes as pdf.
|| Download Discography as pdf.
|| Download Lyrics from the Two and Two EP as pdf.
|| Download MySpace Comments as pdf.
|| Download Set list/Song Map as pdf.
|| Download Venues Played as pdf.
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