Upcoming: Fabian Holland Debut Album
|October 7th sees the release of Fabian Holland's self-titled debut album on Rookmere Records.|
Fabian grew up listening to blues men such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. His early influences (drawn from his father’s record collection) were Muddy Waters, R.L Burnside, Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Skip James.
He started playing guitar at the age of seven, taught by his father who also played harmonica. and later attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, studying under the late guitar virtuoso Eric Roche. After his studies he moved to the mountains of the Abruzzo Region, Italy, where he spent four years developing his musical style, busking, gigging and composing. He later returned to the UK to pursue his music career and now lives on his narrow boat on London’s canal network.
The album is produced by Mark Hutchinson who also produced recent releases for the likes of Blair Dunlop, Walsh and Pound, Spiers and Boden and the Albion Christmas Band.
“I think Mark and I both agreed from the start that simplicity would be the key to this album,” says Fabian ”with guitar and vocals being the main focus. We decided on a concise album and picked the tracks carefully. Most of my songs are stories influenced by people I've met along the years and I've travelled about a bit so I've met all sorts of interesting people.
There are two traditional tracks in the album, Banks Of The Dee and Dr Price. These are not widely known trad songs; I like that because it offers people something they may not have heard before. Through the whole album the guitar and vocals were recorded at the same time and I think this produces a very real and immediate sound, rather than something contrived through studio trickery.”
The end result has a simplicity and directness, that harks back to the folk of an earlier golden age, but it has no need to reference specific musical influences or iconic performers. The single Home, will be released on August 26th and can be heard below.
Fabian Holland will play at the Towersey Festival on August 23rd and will also be touring through the autumn. North West dates are listed below.
Sept 28th Manchester/Birmingham supporting Albion Band
Sept 29th Sheffield Greystones supporting The Albion Band
Oct 5th Liverpool support to The Albion Band
Dec 17th The Royal Hall, Harrogate - support to the The Albion Christmas Band (Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, Kellie While & Simon Care)
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