Archived Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - SUNJAY BRAYNE - at Faversham Folk Club, The Chimney Boy

Faversham Folk Club
Sunjay Brayne
Ticket Price £7 / £8

(PiF: Sunjay has a new album just out. There is an excellent review on 'Folk Radio UK', here's the link:  I don't pretend to be a folk aficionado but Folk Radio Uk has an excellent range of information and reviews plus a really good radio streaming service: - I expect a lot of people already know about the station). . .  Back to the Folk Club supplied info . . . 

"Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award 2012, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2012 & New Roots Competition Finalist 2012, Sunjay’s accolades are formidable for somebody who turned 19 just a few months ago. It’s a testimony to how hard he has been working, travelling all over the country since the release of his first album ‘Seems So Real’, performing whenever and wherever possible. Whether headlining or supporting, in 2012 Sunjay played just over 100 gigs. So is it any wonder that he’s now embarking on a Tour right through to August, with dates already in the calendar up to the end of 2014? To my mind it’s no surprise he has achieved as much as he has, few so young are prepared to work so hard. The list of people Sunjay has supported is endless; Chris Smither, Phil Beer, a string of dates with John Renbourn & Wizz Jones, Terry Reid & even Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash! Sunjay reputation is growing all the time and as it does the demand for his music grows too.

Reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn & Jackson C. Frank, aged 19 Sunjay is perhaps the last of the ‘1960’s’ guitar players. His voice is authoritative and “brings a depth of meaning to all the songs he sings that belie his age,” yet it is somewhat underrated (an issue which Sunjay was keen to address with this single). Influenced by the blues, but drawing heavily from genres such as Folk, Country & Rock, from here he can only go from strength to strength, having already built a solid platform with his many accolades. From national radio play to mainstage festival appearances Sunjay Brayne is a real talent, staying true to his roots, doing things his/the old fashioned way. While many of his generation are relying on YouTube and praying that they go viral, Sunjay is out there playing the gigs, building his audience and getting better with every day that he’s out there. As Sunjay says, “AC/DC didn’t need the internet, neither do I”.

You’d think that after having produced this single, Sunjay would be taking a step back and focusing on touring…but as well as touring, Sunjay is already back in the studio, producing a full length album for release at the end of the year/beginning of next. After hearing this single, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to being involved in it… "
- Eddy Morton, 2013

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