Sunjay Brayne

Passionate about his music, Sunjay Brayne is rapidly developing into one of the best young solo performers on the English acoustic scene. Aged just 18 his performances have been described as “mature & confident” while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”. Nominated for the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2012, and winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers’ Award, Sunjay is the first Anglo-Indian to emerge as a major talent since Hamich Imlach & Gerry Lockran in the 1960’s.

Born in Derby and raised in the West Midlands, Sunjay began playing guitar aged just 4. His early influences were the likes of Buddy Holly & Don McLean. His dad taught him guitar chords and then encouraged him to sing. It was all going so well until he found out how many verses there were to American Pie…

By the age of fourteen Sunjay had seen, met and been encouraged by Ralph McTell, Derek Brimstone, Paul Downes & Steve Tilston – some of the best that the folk-scene had to offer. Those early influences paved the way, but it wasn’t until he found the music of Chris Smither and the late Roger Brooks that he found his niche.

Sunjay’s debut CD ‘Seems So Real’ is a mixture of Blues, Folk & Popular Music. It was released a month prior to his success at the BBC Young Folk Award Semi-Finals and has sold like hotcakes over the past year. Recorded in a single day, the album reflects Sunjay’s virtuosity perfectly. One man, one guitar, and each track recorded live without overdubbing, apart from the title track. As you would expect from an album made in this way, it’s has a raw quality – raw talent in the purest form. Now he’s making a second album, backed in the studio by Fairport’s Dave Pegg, Eddy Morton of the Bushburys, Sheffield’s Charlie Barker, star of BBC 1’s “The Next Big Thing” and Andy Edwards, formerly of the Ian Parker Band, IQ, Frost & The Priory Of Brion – Robert Plant’s Band 1999-2001.

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