Review: Sunjay – self-titled

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

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Sunjay – self-titled

(New Mountain Music: NMM2014/201

Here’s a little understated ‘gem’ from the latter part of last year, that will appeal both to fans of folk and blues – a third release from the talented singer and acoustic guitarist Sunjay Brayne. He has been compared to early Ralph McTell, and already has been out supporting the likes of Martin Simpson and Terry Reid.

This self-titled ten song collection contains mainly well-chosen covers and he is joined in the studio by some fine musicians including producer Eddy Morton, Dan Owen, Katriona Gilmore and more. He is a most fluid acoustic guitar picker and possesses a most confident, yet relaxed vocal style.

Standouts amongst the covers are really nice interpretations of Mark Knopfler’s “Sailing to Philadelphia”, and John Hiatt’s “Memphis In The Meantime”, also the late, great Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” . . . all beautifully played and sung, and highlighting the afore-mentioned guitar playing and vocals of Sunjay.

This release has been around a little while now, but this most talented young performer – who has a BBC Radio2 Young Folk Award nomination to his name – is well worth checking out as is this most enjoyable release.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.sunajbrayne.com

www.newmountainmusic.com

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