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by John Fairhurst

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Rant (free) 00:14
Daylight 04:00
Lost My Mind 04:20
Wire Donkey 00:32
Big Dig 04:21
Earworm 07:16
Goodbye 03:53


Laid down in a small German analogue studio with a group of international musicians assembled specially for the event, BAND takes inspiration from the extensive touring John has done since his last album came out - a journey that took him to SXSW in Texas, the UK festival circuit (including Glastonbury), a three month tour of Australia and the Far East as well as continual Europe-wide performances.

Fairhurst’s debut Joys Of Spring (released in 2007) was an instrumental album that daringly fused Indian Classical guitar trends with the raggedy American blues licks of the early nineteen hundreds. Its limited run of 1000 copies sold out almost immediately and the critical response propelled its author onto a world tour that still continues today. Later the record even secured John endorsement from legendary US guitar manufacturers National and an apprenticeship with Sarod Maestro K. Sridhar.

Though the album featured contributions from The Leaf Label’s Nancy Elizabeth and Humble Soul’s Denis Jones, Joys Of Spring was for the most part a private undertaking recorded in a secluded shed in Fairhurst’s native Wigan. Its follow-up BAND, however, could not be more different.

This latest release transports John Fairhurst’s singular blues fusion style (with newly acquired fearsome singing voice) boldly onto the dance floor. Indeed, whilst his first collection of songs exhibited an artistry that compelled audiences to sit forward in their seats and marvel, the dominant message of BAND is undoubtedly “Get on your feet!”


released October 18, 2010

John Fairhurst - Guitar and Vocal
Alabaster - Saxophone and Screams
Rik Warren - Harmonica and Howls
Ellis Davies - Bass and Bawls
Dave Badlace - Drums and Cymbals
Carsten ʻStenʼ Mentzel - Production and Recording

All tracks written and arranged by John Fairhurst except Earworm - John Fairhurst & Gus Fairbairn

Produced by Carsten Mentzel Recorded by Carsten Mentzel & Atlas C, Paderborn, summer 2009 Additional vocal and guitar recording at duruf. tonstudio, Borchen Mixed by John Fairhurst and Sten Mentzel at daruf. Mastered by Hans - Jorg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics, Germany
Original Artwork by: Neil Warburton Rick Dickinson Fergus Channon
Photography by: Sten Mentzel Veshengo
Design by Neil Warburton - iamunknown.com
Thanks to Elsa Einstein, Michael Mentzel from 'daruf' for his microphones and for the opportunity to use the great mixing room, Louis @ Debt, Neil, Rick, Ferg, Dave and Jane Fairhurst, Dave Prosser, Paulie Cocadiz, Pippo Zito and family
www.johnfairhurst.com www.debtrecords.net


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John Fairhurst Wigan, UK

John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s amazing story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man.
Hailed by many as the best guitarist in Britain and nominated in The British Blues Awards 2013 for Best Original Song.
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