|Friday 23 June 2017 @ 09:00pm : -
The Gren Bartley Band
Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. 2015 saw the release of Gren’s first full band based album on Fellside Recordings, Magnificent Creatures. Since its release Gren has been touring the album to great live receptions across the UK and Europe.
Magnificent Creatures (produced by Gavin Monaghan) builds upon the success of Gren’s previous solo albums, Winter Fires (2013) & Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown (2012). The album reflects a significant change in his musical direction, and incorporates intricate string arrangements and subtle vocal harmonies.
Gren’s live work captures his “phenomenal” guitar playing & poetry driven lyrics, backed up by beautiful vocal harmonies and string arrangements from band members Kath Ord & Sarah Smout. The drive of the music and the orchestral flourishes sweep the audience into the narratives and subtly embellish the songs.
However, never one to stand still for long, Gren is embarking on a new world music project for 2017, and some of the new material will feature at future concerts and festivals.
The Gren Bartley Band - Touring line Up 2017
“He wields his serrated edge sound with surgical precision, cutting deep into your psyche and then seeing which nerves reach the heart strings, which ones operate the tear ducts and which ones just get the feet tapping. ……A game changing album.” ~ FATEA Magazine
“As an acoustic finger-picking guitar and banjo player he has few if any equals in his age group; as an acoustic rooted-in-folk writer he's developing an alarmingly good canon of work" ~ R2 Magazine
“A quiet triumph, no less" ~ fRoots
“If awe inspiring albums really are delivered through vivid dreams whilst slipping in and out of illness induced delirium, then I want what Gren Bartley had. "Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown" is an album that will enhance his reputation, not only as a top guitar and banjo picker, but also as a wordsmith and fully fledged troubadour. He wields his serrated edge sound with surgical precision, cutting deep into your psyche and then seeing which nerves reach the heart strings, which ones operate the tear ducts and which ones just get the feet tapping. A game changing album." ~ FATEA Magazine
“One to really look out for..." ~ BBC Radio 2
“will provide the breakthrough Bartley deserves" ~ Acoustic Magazine
“enthralling, persuasive and masterly" ~ fRoots magazine
“spine tinglingly beautiful" ~ Bright Young Folk
“...really impressed by his writing and guitar playing, Winter Fires is a fine cd of well crafted songs" ~ Mike Harding Radio Show