Guy Calhoun's Sounds
"Somewhere You Can Go", Guy's new folk album, is out now...
You can listen to the title track via SoundCloud here...
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Guy Calhoun's Biography
Guy's own Folk ballads talk of journeys, seasons, of beginnings and endings woven into circles of growth and light, night and day. The musical arrangements trickle and flow like elements between thoughtful lyrics, beautifully phrased and sung. In this album of very personal songs, Guy has called upon a hand-picked group of talented musicians to add a rich third dimension to his own highly original and accomplished compositions connecting back to his origins in Folk, one of the families of roots music that links him to the heart of Reggae, Latin Jazz and Blues for which as an instrumentalist he is more widely known.
Born in 1975 in Bristol, Guy spent his childhood surrounded by musicians, artists and DJs, attending live music events in Folk clubs, flash art shows and UK festivals. At the age of eleven he was performing his first gigs at underground venues such as the Sculpture Shed (McArthurs Yard near the SS Great Britain), at Semi Ambulent happenings on reclaimed land, in cafes and busking on the streets of Bristol.
As his musical career developed Guy found himself drawing on the influences of his parents and their contemporaries extensive and varied record collections. Guy's guitar style comes from a mixture of cultures inspired by Folk, Blues, World, and the Roots Reggae and Dub music that was the soundtrack to everyday life growing up in St. Pauls, the heart of the Bristol Sound System culture in the 1980s.
Since those first steps into a larger musical world, guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer Guy Calhoun, a protege of Portishead's Adrian Utley, has wowed audiences in many guises; as founder member of Dub from Atlantis, Los Mercenarios, Roots Prescription and 5000AD. Guy's music has been played by DJs from John Peel to Don Letts and Jah Shaka and on many radio stations including BBC World Service, BBC Radio 6 and BBC 1Extra. Guy once featured as the live guest musician on Radio 4's Loose Ends and has recorded and performed with musicians and producers from a widely diverse musical spectrum including DJ SUV, Broadway Project, Gorgon Sound, Tomorrow's Warriors, Pee Wee Ellis, Armagideon Sounds, the Easy Access Horns and Stanton Warriors, and has performed live on stage at dozens of major music venues and festivals since appearing as the youngest ever solo performer on Glastonbury's Acoustic stage in 1990 aged just 15.
Somewhere You Can Go is Guys first musical offering on the Digitdoc Records label. Recorded and mixed with Jim Barr at J & J Studios, Bristol and co-produced with Chris Logan, the album features the praiseworthy talents of Gina Griffin on violin, Kesty Morrisons backing vocals, Beth Porter on cello, Joe Allen on double bass, Henry Martin on harmonica and Kit Hawes on lead guitar.
Guy Calhoun's Album Reviews
Jim Barr (of Get the Blessing & Portishead): July 2014
Guy is one of the most versatile musicians I've met, with a natural talent for putting real feeling and soul into whichever musical genre he's working in with great conviction and spirit.
Tony Benjamin : July 2014
(On the album Somewhere You Can Go ****)
This collection of new material from Guy Calhoun successfully pulls off the neat trick of sounding freshly minted while echoing the strong tradition of English singer/songwriters.
The even tone of Guys rounded voice recalls Richard Thompson or Nick Drake, the driving melodic finger-style guitar suggests Bert Jansch or Steve Tilston and both are given presence and clarity by the excellent production throughout the album.
Additional instruments fluent violin, full-toned double bass and lyrical cello and backing vocals are all used judiciously, enhancing the atmosphere of each song. These range from the mystical philosophy of This Place to the raga-tinged harmonies of We Are Free and a jaunty full-on band (Band?) arrangement of the Beatlesy pop number Nothing Left To Say. The album closes nicely with The Unfolding, a nature-themed allegory featuring lovely violin and vocal interplay.
Overall its a mature set of songs that gives a strong sense of Guy Calhouns personality while mercifully free of the self-absorption that often makes singer/songwriter albums wearying.