Blair Dunlop. GILDED. CD Album


Blair Dunlop. GILDED. CD Album

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‘Gilded’ follows on from Blair’s highly acclaimed 2014 release ‘House Of Jacks’ and his outstanding debut album ‘Blight and Blossom’ in 2012, which saw him win the BBC R2 Folk Horizon Award. Blair is a story-teller, known for his cerebral life affirming lyrics and the new record fares no differently – ‘Gilded’ is a collection of stories and reflections, recorded in live takes at Manchester’s Blue Print Studios. On this record Blair remains true to his folk roots lyrically whilst continuing to push musically into new areas.

Album opener ‘Castello’ sets the tone for the narrative nature of the record with lyrics inspired by the dreams, lineage and experiences of a woman Blair met while staying at a 14th century Italian castle during a European tour. ‘Eternal Optimist’ was born of his frustration and intrigue at the digital world we now live in, ‘our real-world experiences seem increasingly subservient to the digital facades we are obsessed with maintaining and refining’ explains Blair. ‘First World Problem’, which, written with Blair’s old Albion Band mates, also reflects on society and the lack of compassionate, consequence-based thinking in the Western world, he muses ‘money talks, at the expense of workers’ welfare, quality of produce, culture and the sustainability of the planet’.


  1. Castello
  2. She Won’t Cry For Me
  3. First World Problem
  4. 356
  5. Temper Your Smiling
  6. Up On Cragside
  7. Eternal Optimist
  8. Let’s Dance to Paganini
  9. The Egoist
  10. No Go Zones
  11. I Don’t Know
  12. Phoenix