|Friday 04 April 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Gren Bartley Band
Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The recent album “Winter Fires” (Spring 2013) builds further upon the success of 2012’s critically acclaimed “Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown”.
Showcasing his “phenomenal” guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, the “Winter Fires” album also marks the first time Gren will be performing with his band. This new line up reinforces Bartley’s highly regarded musicianship and penchants for catchy melodies and absorbing narratives.
Gren is touring relentlessly either solo, as a duo or with the full band. The workshops he hosts in guitar playing and songwriting have been described as “brilliantly fresh”. Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and blues traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.
“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