Blair Dunlop’s achingly beautiful Blight & Blossom may be one of the most memorable and melodic debut albums of recent years, but what has really marked him out from his peers is his ability to craft meaningful songs that connect with everyone who claps ears on them on a deeply emotional level that belies his age. Still only 22, few people in the music world who had been paying attention were surprised when he scooped the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and although Blight & Blossom attracted a rapturous reception from the critics and received regular airings from a host of stations including BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music upon its release in August 2012, Dunlop took it all in his stride and set off on his travels, playing everywhere from major festivals to intimate front rooms… wherever and whenever he found an audience willing to listen.
May 2014 sees the launch of Blair’s eagerly awaited second album. The new album allows Blair to venture into his wider influences and expand to a more contemporary sound. Still laced with the beautiful crafted songs as we have come to expect along with his virtuosic guitar playing – yet representative of the musical influences one might expect of a 22 year old digital native. The album is titled ‘House of Jacks’ and is released on Rooksmere Records 26th May 2014.