One day, I was scrolling through my ever-growing and wildly out of control music library, and I happened to stumble across five or so tracks by a chap called Gaz Brookfield. I can’t remember how they got there, and to be honest I don’t much care because, after thirty seconds or so of listening to Gaz’s dulcet tones and delicate chords, I was completely and utterly hooked and I listened to his track “Hell Or High Water” all day, every day for a fortnight straight.
Gaz Brookfield is a folk singer-songwriter based in Bristol who sings about love, life, music and home. His lyrics are at the same time deeply personal and instantly relatable, speaking straight to everyone who’s ever had to work hard, fallen in love or thought that Simon Cowell and his bloody X Factor are collectively ruining the music industry (check out “Diet Of Banality” for full details on this latter point). An acoustic artist, he’s reminiscent of Frank Turner via Newton Faulkner with a dash of Jim Lockey on the side (a combo that’s well up my street, let me tell you), and he’s possessed with a passion and an honesty that makes his music incredibly appealing to anyone who appreciates their listening material with a little meaning behind it.
Since he began his solo career in 2006, Gaz has played over 700 shows and has two studio albums, 2011’s ‘Trial and Error’ and this year’s ‘Tell It To The Beer’, both of which are excellent and fully worth checking out. In 2010, he won acoustic magazine Beautiful Days singer-songwriter competition and on 21st December 2011 he became the first unsigned artist ever to sell out Bristol’s The Fleece. Safe to say, then, that he’s pretty damn good.
If you’d like to find out more about Gaz Brookfield’s music, visit his website.