Derbyshire musician Sunjay Brayne returns to home turf on Saturday, March 15, when he performs at The Queen’s Head in Belper.
Although now located in the West Midlands, Sunjay hails from Derby and can surely be claimed as a local hero on a spectacularly upward trajectory.
Still only 19, he is already acclaimed as an accomplished and authoritative blues player who has toured and recorded with performers of the calibre of Dave Pegg, John Renbourn and Wizz Jones.
Indeed, his new tour comes straight off the back of his nationwide opening slot for folk rock legends Steeleye Span, thus breaking him to a new and enthusiastic audience.
However, Sunjay is not simply just another technically gifted blues player.
Instead, he reinvents the genre via the work of sixties pioneers such as Ralph Mctell, Tom Rush and Jackson.C.Franks, drawing on folk and country roots alongside more traditional blues structures.
Like his mentors, he is also committed to the traditional path of live performance rather than the reliance on online exposure going viral.
Born to Anglo-Indian parents (dad is from the Midlands, mum is from New Dehli), Sunjay was born in Derby and raised in the West Midlands, where he began playing the guitar at the age of four.
His dad introduced him to as much music as possible in the hope that he would develop a life-long passion.
Sunjay’s first musical love was Buddy Holly, closely followed by Don McLean, firmly rooting him with a blues and folk mix.
He has now developed these influences (and also drawn heavily from country and rock), into a musical maturity far beyond his years.
Support at the Chesterfield Road-based venue comes from Charlie Barker.
Advance tickets are £6, available at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07743957017. They are £7 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.