|17 June||BEVERLEY||Beverley Folk Festival||TICKETS|
“Absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, Radio 2
FOLLOWING a successful career on the rock and pop scene as part of the Christians HENRY PRIESTMAN has released a live’ solo’ DVD (‘Settle Down’) filmed recently in Settle, North Yorkshire with numerous guest musicians. This comes hot on the heels of his second solo album ‘The Last Mad Surge of Youth’ released in 2014 to national acclaim. His 2009 debut solo album ‘The Chronicles of Modern Life’ found him thrust into new territory with acoustic based songs getting him much radio airplay and TV interest. It became a surprise hit – topping the Amazon Folk & World charts.Henry has since built up an impressive fan-base, performing at venues and festivals that simply lap up his music and stage-presence. His natural charm resonates throughout, and his self-effacing outlook masks an enviable talent for what is essentially song-writing at its very best.
This is the sound of a man who’s been part of the music scene since supporting the Sex Pistols in 1977 and through his million selling ‘pop’ band The Christians for whom he wrote all the songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut!
His numerous other projects include working with ‘The Yachts’, ‘It’s Immaterial,’ sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney, and composing the title song for London West End musical “Dreamboats and Petticoats”. His collaborations with other key musicians are enviable- from emerging names like Lotte Mullan to the likes of Cerys Matthews and the Lightening Seeds. Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker described Henry’s new direction as “music for grumpy old men” and in 2008, Island Records picked up Henry’s solo album from Stiff making him at 53, the oldest-ever artist to be signed to a major label for a debut solo album! The track “Grey’s The New Blonde” was play-listed at Radio 2 and further singles “Don’t You Love Me no More” and “He Ain’t Good Enough for You” also picked up extensive Radio 2 airplay.
Henry usually performs as a duo alongside fellow musician and songwriter Les Glover, and often with other band musicians to suit (The Men of a Certain Age) – yet whatever the combination he has a charming affect on audiences everywhere. A clever combination of new songs, album gems and some of those classic Christians hits like ‘Ideal World’ ‘Born Again’ and ‘Forgotten Town’ make for an engaging show.
“Rough-hewn charm that should appeal to listeners for whom thumping disappointment & bloody-minded stoicism are the new rock and roll” The Sunday Times