Former BBC Young Folk Award finalist Sunjay returns to Belper next month to play live at the Queen’s Head in the town.
Barely into his 23rd year, Sunjay is currently spearheading the folk blues revival across the club and festival scene.
With roots deeply embedded in the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, he is not only a virtuoso guitarist but also an accomplished interpreter of song with a depth and maturity way beyond his tender years.
As his latest album Black and Blues demonstrates, Sunjay is not afraid to tackle some of the classics of the genre and make them triumphantly his own.
There are other influences in Sunjay’s work notably those of the great 1960s revivalists such as Tom Rush and Dave Van Ronk.
In fact, it is not unheard of during his live shows for him to throw a stunning version of No Regrets into his set showing him at ease with a classic ballad as he is with a straight blues.
A young artist who is clearly not just he flavour of the month but a taste of the future.
As well as his BBC Folk Award nomination in 2012, in the same year he won the Young Performer Award at the Wath Festival and the New Roots Competition at St Albans.
In 2014 he was nominated three rimes at the Exposure Music Awards and also in the Young Artist category at the British Blues Awards.
Support for his latest Belper gig comes from established performer and songwriter, Eddy Morton, a stalwart of the midlands scene .
Indeed, Sunjay drew on some of his material for his last album.
The gig is on March 5 at 8pm .
Tickets are £8 on the door or in advance from the venue or on at firstname.lastname@example.org