Blair Dunlop - Fifty Shades Of Blue (Rooksmere Records) 
Blair Dunlop - Fifty Shades of Blue

Release Date: 13th April 2015

Well this seems topical. Or a weird twist of fate that will either help or hinder this young British folk artist in his quest for acclaim and recognition. Blair Dunlop's new single 'Fifty Shades of Blue' has, as far as I know, got absolutely no connection to the similarly titled semi-erotic bondage novels that have seemingly aroused a nation of bored women but who am I to judge where inspiration springs from? The song itself has a melancholy, almost country inspired opening that takes parts of Damien Rice and I Am Kloot, mushes them together and brushes them off with a smooth veneer. Dunlop's voice is quietly assured and he strikes me as the kind of guy who would melt hearts and win friends without much effort but nor would he gloat about such powers of persuasion. A gentle but firm talent, then, and one that has some distance left to run.

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Live Dates:

15th April - The Chapel Sessions @ Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton
18th April - Bush Hall, London
19th April - Village Hall, Marnhull
22nd April - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
23rd April - The Caves, Edinburgh
25th April - Fibbers, York
28th April - The Engine Shed, Lincoln
29th April - The Glee Club, Birmingham
30th April - The Glee Club, Nottingham
1st May - Colston Hall, Bristol
2nd May - Buxton Opera House, Buxton
14th May - Kirk Langley Village Hall, Derbyshire
15th May - Alrewas Arts, Staffordshire
16th May - Wormshill Village Hall, Derbyshire
24th May - The Convent, South Woodford

29th May - The Stables, Milton Keynes