As the son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings and singer Judy Dunlop it is hardly surprising that Blair Dunlop is a talented musician.
But Blair is proving himself to be much more than that. He has become something of a cult hero and he is being feted as a superstar in the making.
Despite his relative youth the Chesterfield-born singer-songwriter is carving out his own place in the folk music world.
He has won awards, toured 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.
Last May released his third studio album Gilded and he will also be starting a 12 date UK tour which arrives at the Flowerpot in Derby on February 9 and is at Greystones in Sheffield the night before.
‘Gilded’, released May 2016, was described as “an album that might just be destined to become a classic” in R2’s 5 star review of the album.
‘Gilded’s’ critical success was further emphasised with BBC Radio play listings of the two singles produced by Ed Harcourt (‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’). Blair takes these hits and other favourites from his 3 album repertoire, out in a simple stripped back fashion.
Once again accompanied by his regular musicians JJ Stoney (keys and vocals) and Fred Claridge (drums and vocals) are on a mission to let the songs speak for themselves. The ReGilded Tour takes the songs from ‘Gilded’ and lays them bare.
You can hear Blair performing live on Radio Two’s Mark Radcliffe show on January 4 (tomorrow).