Blair Dunlop with special guest, Brooke Sharkey
The Live Room@Caroline Social Club, Shipley.
Blair Dunlop has been writing…and writing…and writing! Collaborating with his trusted writing partners of Dave Burn (AHAB), Gita Langley and Ed Harcourt, who will also be producing Blair’s next album, Blair has compiled a new collection of songs already being billed as the modern Heartbreaker. He is now locked in the studio with producer and collaborator Ed Harcourt and will release his new album in early 2018. October will see the first unveiling of this new material with ‘The 4 Walls Tour’ and a supplementary EP to support the tour featuring 3 new songs from the forthcoming album.
Following a busy period in 2015/16 Blair retreated to write the new collection. The singer-songwriter released his third full-length album, ‘Gilded’, to rave reviews and embarked on a UK headline tour. Along with his Glastonbury Festival debut - where he performed on the Acoustic Stage - Blair has had a busy summer on the festival circuit, including appearances at Bluedot, Cornbury and How The Lights Get In. Both singles from the album, ‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’ (both produced by Harcourt), were successfully playlisted by BBC Radio 2 over the summer of 2016 and the producers at Radio 2 are eagerly awaiting the new offering.
Blair’s career continues to go from strength to strength. He has won awards, toured all over the UK and overseas, collaborated with a variety of writers and musicians, moved to London and set up his own record label (Gilded Wings Records), all of which have informed, and are reflected in, his mature and astute musical musings. The Guardian described him as “an increasingly adventurous songwriter”, and it rings even truer now. Blair has the confidence and experience to make the music he has always wanted to.
Blair is looking forward to heading to Australia next year for a tour and festival appearances and will be touring America later in 2018 following a successful debut at Folk Alliance 2017 in Kansas.
'Blair Dunlop is a cult hero, an artist whose work is adored by those who come across it.' - CLASH MUSIC
‘Dunlop is a storyteller and can build a whole world in a matter of a few minutes’ - MAVERICK 2016
'Songs of the conscience, the heart, the human spirit and the lousy Manchester weather. Sounds like pure gold to me' - FOLKING.COM
'Blair's lyrics are at times reminiscent of a person who has lived a full and interesting life, yet this man is still in the early stages of his life and career. It does beg the question just how far can he go? I would suggest possibly stratospheric' - FATEA
Special Guest: Blair will be joined on the tour by ‘special guest’ Brooke Sharkey who featured in The Guardian’s FUTURE 50 (Nov 2016)
‘The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely. ‘
A perfect match for Blair…we thought!