On Saturday 1st October, Wychwood Folk Club host Sunjay with support by Alan Pettifer at the Tiddy Hall in Ascott-under-Wychwood. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door, and doors open from 7.30pm for a 8pm start.
“Sunjay is very much the man of the moment. Not so much the flavour of the month is the flavour of the year.” – Living Tradition
You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that Sunjay is older than his 22 years. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audiences 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 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.
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.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”. Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With three albums already to his name, (‘Seems So Real’ 2011, ‘One Night Only’ 2013 and ‘Sunjay’ 2014) Sunjay has just recorded his fourth release (“Black & Blues” released 30th November 2015).
“Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definitely destined for bigger things.” – Maverick Magazine
“For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life.” – Folk All Magazine
“A great voice.”- Blues Matters Magazine
“He’s a wizard on the guitar; I think I’d call it jazz-folk!” – Vin Garbutt
“An amazing picker, a must see.” – Terry Reid
“Listen, watch and take note.” – FATEA Magazine
Alan Pettifer started songwriting way back in the early seventies, and one of his early influences back then was Tony Joe White an American singer songwriter whose country blues style and storytelling just knocked me out.
However, over the years he’s developed his own style of writing, singing and playing and his songs have meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies. That they are emotive in every way and tell only of real live experiences and events, whether happy or sad. he plays and composes in most genres.
His songs and concerts have raised many, many thousands of pounds for charities, such as Afghan Heroes, Crimestoppers UK, Royal British Legion, Downs Syndrome, The Burma School Appeal and the Motor Neuron Disease Association.