English born, Scottish raised singer songwriter James Gillespie emerges as one of the most quietly explosive artists in recent memory. Following its UK premiere on Complex, ‘What you do’ has received effusive support from a string of taste maker blogs including Hilly Dilly and The Line of Best Fit (“With a vocal that could nestle into any collection alongside Hozier and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, James Gillespie harnesses influences from blues and soul to create compelling and unique music”).
A skilled guitarist and singer drawing influence from instrumentalists such as Andy Mckee and John Gomm. Joel’s songs stem from elaborate, groove orientated guitar work. His music transcends its traditional roots with a modern twist.
With a live show honed by relentless gigging; Joel won the ‘Danny Kyle Award’ at Celtic Connections, Wath Festival’s ‘Young Performer Of The Year Award’ and ‘Manchester’s Got Busker Talent in 2017.’ His successes have seen him support Mull Historical Society and Bernard Butler, Brian Kennedy, All The Luck In The World and US chart topping band ‘The Revivalists’ on their first UK tour.