NME claimed that "Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools". And with 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way the music doesn't stop. Followers include REM’s Peter Buck , Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Peter Bruntnell is a well established act who is looking forward to continuing sharing his music with followers old or new.
It all started back in 1995 when Peter signed to Almo Sounds, where his label-mates included Gillian Welch and Garbage. He made two albums for the label: Cannibal and Camelot in Smithereens. Grammy-winning Peter Smith (Sting/Squeeze) who produced the debut Cannibal still cites it as “one of the top 3 records I’ve worked on”.
In 1999 Peter signed to Rykodisc/ Slowriver and released ‘Normal For Bridgwater’. This was to be his biggest commercial success and a record that won him wider acclaim in North America. Upon hearing the album, Kathleen Edwards told her producer when recording her debut ‘Failer’ “I want to make an album like this”. Peter struck up a friendship with Son Volt, which resulted in touring together. It also saw the introduction to Peter’s band of a 17 year-old James Walbourne. As well as playing with Peter, James tours as a member of the Pretenders.
Rather than reproduce the ‘Americana’ feel of Normal For Bridgwater, Peter’s restless musical spirit has seen him strike out in new direction with almost every subsequent album. Four albums for Loose continued to win him admirers - by 2005, The Independent were calling him “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin called him his favourite singer.
His most recent release for Loose was 2009's ‘Peter And The Murder Of Crows’. Filled with psychedelic drones and mellifluous tunes, the album found reviewers and fans alike comparing him with Nick Drake and John Martyn. It was one of Q magazine's Albums Of The Year and was Americana Album Of The Month in MOJO Magazine.
His latest and 10th album is Nos Da Comrade (Good Night Comrade in Welsh) recorded in his home studio in deepest Devon. Check out the video "Mr Sunshine".
"Sophia sings like a fallen angel"
Marshall burst on to the Americana scene as one half of the highly acclaimed band The Have Nots (cooking Vinyl Records), earning praise alongside as an accomplished female singer-songwriter within the alt-country scene. Having played hundreds of gigs across three continents from the tiniest dives to the grandest theatres, she’s delighted audiences at prestigious festivals like Summer Sundae in the UK and South by South West (SXSW) in the USA with her spellbinding voice and songs.
Since the launch of her solo career in 2015, Leicestershire's Sophia Marshall has continued to develop and hone her own musical voice, showcasing her individuality alongside fond influences worn proudly on her sleeve, but always presented with sincerity and sometimes painful honesty.
Sophia’s gloriously sad ballads and strong sultry vocal performances reach out across genres to break any listener’s heart, whilst her more upbeat numbers will put smiles on faces and set toes tapping.