Blair Dunlop releases his new album GILDED today

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Blair Dunlop releases his third studio album GILDED today (May 6,  2016). An accomplished writer, guitarist and vocalist, Blair will also be heading out on a 16 date UK tour to promote the new record, kicking off April 20, 2016 in Shrewsbury, including a launch show at London’s Lexington on April 25.
GILDED follows on from Blair’s highly acclaimed 2014 release HOUSE OF JACKS and his debut album BLIGHT AND BLOSSOM in 2012, which saw him win the BBC R2 Folk Horizon Award. Blair is a story-teller, known for his thoughtful, life-affirming lyrics and the new record fares no differently – GILDED is a collection of stories and reflections, recorded in live takes at Manchester’s Blue Print Studios. On this record Blair remains true to his folk roots lyrically whilst continuing to push musically into new areas.
Album opener CASTELLO sets the tone for the narrative nature of the record with lyrics inspired by the dreams, lineage and experiences of a woman Blair met while staying at a 14th century Italian castle during a European tour. Eternal Optimist was born of his frustration and intrigue at the digital world we now live in, ‘our real-world experiences seem increasingly subservient to the digital facades we are obsessed with maintaining and refining’ explains Blair.  First World Problem, which, written with Blair’s old Albion Band mates, also reflects on society and the lack of compassionate, consequence-based thinking in the Western world, he muses ‘money talks, at the expense of workers’ welfare, quality of produce, culture and the sustainability of the planet’. Some tracks on the album are more personal. She Won’t Cry For Me is a reflective song about the intricacies of a relationship and how the attitudes within it change over time. Blair was also lucky to co-write some songs on the album, writing with Dave Burn from the band AHAB and also with Gita Harcourt-Smith, with whom he co-wrote album closer Phoenix on which they explore parallels between the mythology of the Phoenix and someone close to Blair’s heart.
Blair’s career goes from strength to strength. He has won awards, toured all over the UK and overseas, collaborated with a variety of writers and musicians, moved to London and set up his own record label (Gilded Wings Records), all of which have informed, and are reflected in, his mature and astute musical musings. Blair has the confidence and experience to make the music he has always wanted to.
Tour Dates:
 
Sat May 7: Cromer, Folk On The Pier
Wed 25: Liverpool, The Music Room
Thu 26: Derby, The Flowerpot
Fri 27: Sheffield, Greystones
 
Sun 29: Hay-on-Wye,  How The Light Gets In Fest
Fri Jun 3: The Bedford,  London Folk Fest
Sat 4: Uttoxer, The Acoustic Festival of Britain

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