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James Hollingsworth

James Hollingsworth

Ace guitarist and songwriter James Hollingsworth combines 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 full-time with music 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" (says Wunder Bar).

Steeped with ecological awareness, a rare hopefulness, warmly humorous undercurrents, and immaculate musicianship, he is "a true exponent of the modern British singer/songwriter, a real gem" - Monmouthshire Music



"James Hollingsworth plays a darn mean acoustic guitar and knows his way inventively around his pedals. He’s an energetic and animated front man and has a fine set of vocal chords. His music was one of the weekend’s highlights." ~ Andy Read – Winters End Festival

"Amazing" ~ Visual Radio Arts

"guitar maestro" ~ Ragged Trousered Folk, Hastings

"Great acoustic Singer/Songwriter" ~ The Platform Tavern, Southampton.

"Impressive Singer/songwriter with the, at first, hidden twist of the sound effects that James adds as he goes along. What??? Cracking songs, excellent musicianship and his looping sonic Maze of sound has to be seen..... and heard to be believed. A must see act!" ~

"James never fails to surprise and delight with his many-textured music. Always a great favourite at the Club" ~ Seend Acoustic Club

"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

"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)

"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 'The Fish' Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish)

"James Hollingsworth has a 'gorgeous, authoritative and clear voice'; 'one of the best songwriters in the country" ~ (Bristol Rocks).

"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)

"James Hollingsworth is no stranger to Bristol audiences and we have come to expect strongly crafted, beautifully sung songs and stunning guitar work." ~

"... 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." ~ The Independent (5 best gigs)

James Hollingsworth