John Fairhurst + support

Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield

Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 at 8:00pm - Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 at 11:00pm

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An explosion of textures, influences and intoxicating

The stand-out guitarist to have emerged from the British blues/folk/
acoustic scene, a captivating storyteller, breaking out into new territory
with a distinctive, gritty, vocal style and a melting-pot of musical

Following rapturous receptions with main stage shows at numerous UK
festivals, including Glastonbury, John is back in the studio, laying down
tracks for the long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed acoustic
album, Joys of Spring (2008).

“Truly exquisite.” (The Guardian)

A masterful musician and songwriter, John is recognised as one of the
most creative guitarists on the circuit. Drawing inspiration from
fingerpicking maestros John Fahey, Bert Jansch and Leo Kottke, blues
guitarists Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell,
African guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Moroccan Gnaoua music, Indian sarod
and sitar masters K Sridhar and Ravi Shankar and more recently
Christopher Paul Stelling and John Butler, John references a diverse
collection of world genres, blending eastern melodies with jaw-dropping
guitar dexterity. His solo sets truly are a lesson in the art of fingerpicking
blues and acoustic folk.

“Fairhurst is both a masterful musician and songwriter, who
carefully intertwines music of varying ethnicities into one roaring
whole...with a freshness that is breathtaking... Makes Seasick
Steve’s three stringed blues sound like the two-dimensional
ramblings of a penniless hobo.”
(Chris Gilliver -

“John Fairhurst is possibly the finest guitarist you will ever
see...brilliant songwriting and a gravel-swilled belter of a voice.”
(BBC Manchester)


Yellow Arch Studios , 30-36 Burton Road , Sheffield