Sunjay Braine is a big favourite with local audiences and will be back in the area for a Belper gig on Saturday, March 7.
As part of his On The Road Part II Tour, Sunjay is at The Queens Head in the town this weekend.
Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 21 years.
With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just four years old and hasn’t put it down since.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background, Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature and confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate and faultless”.
His self-titled latest album features Sunjay collaborating with musicians including producer Eddy Morton (The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils), Liam Genockey (Steeleye Span), and Charlie Barker.
Support is from Derby’s Harriet McDonnell, another new and exciting voice.
Doors open at 8pm and tickets are £7 (advance) or £8 (on the door). See http://queensheadbelper.weebly.com/ for more.