Modern day voice and guitar man Barns Courtney is on an excitingly unexpected journey. His first track ‘Glitter & Gold’ was dropped unceremoniously on Soundcloud in September, where, with its hybrid of gospel-blues, Westerns soundtrack, the marching hip hop of Kanye’s ‘Jesus Walks’, and Barns’ honey & sand delivery, it charged out of the gate with over forty thousand plays and an addition to the BBC Introducing Playlist.
Indirect paths can be traced all the way through Courtney’s backstory. Born in Ipswich, he spent most of his childhood living in Seattle before returning to his native UK aged 15. This change of scenery comes across as clearly in his eclectic mix of US blues-rock, hip-hop and grunge with British indie melodic sensibilities, as it does in his hybrid US-British twang. Following several aborted musical projects straight out of school, searching for his identity as artist and performer, it was Carl Barat who would give him a newfound break. Coming across the radar of his guitar hero from The Libertines, the two ended up writing and recording together.
The past few months have seen Courtney winning over fans in person when opening for his hometown acquaintance Ed Sheeran on his North American tour, supporting the aforementioned Libertines as well as bringing his ecstatic one-man acoustic guitar assault to small London venues.
With a debut EP in the works for early next year, abounding excitement for his first offering in ‘Glitter And Gold’ and early fans clambering for the identity of the unheralded yet fiery opener for Ed Sheeran and The Libertines, the new journey of Barns Courtney is one well worth following.
PS If you find the track strangely familiar, ITV used it in their Winter Drama promo, which ran over Christmas and New Year.
02.02.16 - Leeds, Oporto
03.02.16 - Cambridge, Portland Arms
04.02.16 - Liverpool, Leaf (supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
06.02.16 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
07.02.16 - Exeter, Cavern (supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
08.02.16 - Newcastle, Think Tank
09.02.16 - Manchester, Gullivers
11.02.16 - London, Koko (supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
13.02.16 - London, Wembley Arena (supporting The Who)
14.02.16 - Nottingham, Bodega
15.02.16 - Bristol, Crofters Rights
18.02.16 - London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
21.02.16 - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
23.02.16 - Leicester, Scholar
24.02.16 - London, Islington Assembly Hall (supporting The Duke Spirit)
27.02.16 - Edinburgh, Mash House
28.02.16 - Glasgow, Hug and Pint
29.02.16 - Aberdeen, Tunnels
To request review tickets and photopasses, click 'see more' next to your preferred gig here:
NB we may not be able to supply tickets / photopasses for support shows.
APB uses Starfile to keep our press contacts up to date with all our artists' news, gigs and more. Download photos and press releases, make and track review ticket, photopass and interview requests any time by creating an account. It's quick, easy and personalised to you.