Thursday, 9 March 2017 - 8:00pm
The NME claimed that ‘Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools’ and if you ask the likes of Rumer, Peter Buck, Scott Mccaughey, Willy Vlautin, Jay Farrar, John Murry or Kathleen Edwards they’ll all agree that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities.
It’s interesting that American musicians are so seduced by such a uniquely British artist, and Peter has toured extensively with Son Volt, Kathleen Edwards and Richmond Fontaine.
It all started back in 1995 when Peter signed to Almo Sounds, where his label-mates included Gillian Welch and Garbage. He made two albums for the label: Cannibal and Camelot in Smithereens. Grammy-winning Peter Smith (Sting/Squeeze) who produced the debut Cannibal still cites it as ‘one of the top 3 records I’ve worked on’.
In 1999 Peter signed to Warner Brothers imprint, Slowriver/ Rykodisc and released Normal For Bridgwater. This was to be his biggest commercial success and a record that won him wider acclaim in North America. But rather than reproduce the Americana feel of Normal For Bridgwater, Peter’s restless musical spirit has seen him strike out in new direction with almost every subsequent album, continuing to win him admirers. By 2005, The Independent were calling him ‘one of the finest songwriters in Britain’ and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin called him his favourite singer.
With his new album, Nos Da Comrade, which features lead single ‘Mr Sunshine’, a rollicking deconstruction of a certain US presidential candidate and a golf course that destroyed a Scottish fishing community, getting rave reviews from across the music press, now is the time to catch one of our greatest singer songwriters.
‘One of the finest songwriters in Britain’ - The Independent
‘His songs should be taught in schools’ - NME
‘One of England's best kept musical secrets’ - Rolling Stone
‘…..as a writer he has few real peers’ – The Guardian
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST SUSIE JONES
Lancashire born singer-songwriter Susie Jones
has been exploring the worlds of folk and Americana for a number of years and Shake Away the Devil
is her latest incarnation. Exposing herself with heartfelt lyrics and energetic performances she is rightly described as a "rare individual in the music business" (Americana UK
) and "enchanting" by FATEA
. Working on new material Susie hasn't settled long and is continuing her musical exploration and if you join her and her band you won't be disappointed.
PETER BRUNTNELL BAND and special guest SUSIE JONES come to The Continental on Thursday 9th March 2017.
Tickets are £8 advance or £10 on the door
Also in person from The Continental's bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772)