Last year we teamed up with one of London’s finest folk, roots and acoustic live music nights Before the Gold Rush to bring you a series of sessions featuring some of the city’s top emerging artists. They return again for the start of another series which kicks off with contemporary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Fabian Holland. Fabian is a name that should be familiar to most of our regular readers as his eponymous debut and 2015 follow-up A Day Like Tomorrow were both FRUK Featured Albums of the Month.
The session, which you can watch below, was filmed and recorded at The Haberdashery Coffee House, the wonderful intimate venue for the live events. Fabian opens with Nobody’s Fault But Mine, a song first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1927. It featured on his last album A Day Like Tomorrow. He follows with an instrumental version of a jazz classic – Summertime, a Gershwin aria that is familiar to most although Fabian puts it through the paces adding some lovely ornamentation, proving he’s as gifted a musician as he is a singer and songwriter.
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Lyrically evocative, sometimes moody and melancholic, Holland’s unadorned music has a flip side of songs of upbeat, wry humour but always acutely observed – songs of people and places, strangers and kin, human frailties and foibles–sensitive sonic snapshots producing perfect visual imagery, by turns unsettling and reassuring.
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Visit Before the Gold Rush website to find out about their latest events: www.beforethegoldrush.co.uk