Autumn 2010 saw the long awaited release of not just one, but 2 CDs from Bryn Haworth: the gloriously bluesy “One Way Ticket” and a compilation called “Inside Out”.
Lancashire born, acclaimed slide guitarist, Bryn Haworth, is a singer-songwriter and a top performer who has been delighting audiences with his own unique brand of rock, country and gospel blues for over 30 years.
Bryn came to London from Lancashire in the late sixties and joined “Les Fleur de Lys” a motown/soul band which became house band for Atlantic Records in England. He left the band in ’69 and travelled to California; from there he toured extensively in the US in various American bands and was a founder member of Wolfgang, a band put together and managed by the legendary Bill Graham, appearing on bills with such artists as Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Taj Mahal and others. In 1973 he returned to England and was signed to Island Records where he made his first LP, “Let The Days Go By”.
He has recorded as a session guitar player with top musicians including Chris de Burgh, Joan Armatrading, Cliff Richard and Gerry Rafferty.
Bryn also writes his own songs, and has had several of his own compositions recorded by other artists including Lulu, Sandy Denny, and Mary Black.
Music reviewer Richard Williams calls him a “musician's musician - a first class rock musician whose music has its roots in blues and r&b … and is particularly recognised a remarkable exponent of the slide (or bottleneck) guitar, a technique derived from the blues”. Russ Bravo for the Christian Herald writes ”what a delight superbly played blues and slide guitar is; and the delight is multiplied when the music comes from the excellent Bryn Haworth, wrapped in songs of strength and encouragement”. Max Bell for New Musical Express says “… he is a tasty slide guitar player with a light expressive voice... and attitudes as honest as his music is good.”
Bryn recorded a further album for Island (“Sunny Side Of The Street”), and then continued his career as a solo recording artist with A&M Records where he recorded “Grand Arrival” and “Keep The Ball Rolling”. During this period he made numerous radio and TV appearances, including sessions for John Peel and appearances on BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test, as well as touring extensively in England and Europe supporting such artists as Traffic, Bad Company, Gallagher & Lyle and Fairport Convention.
In 1974 Bryn and his wife Sally became Christians and this powerful experience has brought a strong gospel influence into his music. Between 1988 and 1992, Bryn was on staff at the Southwest London Vineyard Church developing worship teams and setting up a prison ministry, and since then Bryn has regularly performed concerts in prisons across the UK and run workshops to help inmates develop their music skills.
Bryn also travels extensively, performing concerts both solo and with a band, in a wide variety of venues including concert halls, theatres, pubs, clubs and churches.
He has released 12 further albums, and his latest albums, “One Way Ticket” and a compilation for prison inmates called “Inside Out” . These new recordings are released on Bryn’s Indie label, Bella Music.
‘One Way Ticket’ is an album of 12 brand new songs and is and is a fresh mix of songs and instrumentals - Blues/Gospel/Folk/Rock/Reggae and even a little light Jazz— for believers, searchers and travellers.
The 2nd CD is for prison inmates and is called ‘Inside Out’; It will have seven of the new songs plus 9 tracks from previous albums which are particularly relevant for prisoners (of all kinds).
The recordings were made between Jan– June at ICC Studios in Eastbourne.
Neil Costello is co-producer with Bryn; Henry Spinetti on drums and Dave Bronze on bass provide a masterful rhythm section, Mark Edwards is on Keyboards, Mal Pope backing vocals, and there is a special guest appearance from Paul Jones, on harmonica on the title track.
John Ingham, for Sounds wrote “if we are to have God-rock, then let it be Bryn Haworth; he thinks of the music foremost … you owe yourself a listen”. So — get listening!
Click here for an anthology of Bryn’s recording sessions over the years.
Click here for a clip of Bryn on a BBC Sunday Morning show hosted by Carrie Grant in the 1990s.
You can find regularly updated information on Bryn’s MySpace pages
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