Brit nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner is set to release his third album ‘Write It On Your Skin’ on July 9 with its first single ‘Clouds’ out on July 1.
It’s been over three years since 2009’s ‘Rebuilt By Humans’ and in that time he’s toured the world, started a family (he has a one year old son, Beau Henry Faulkner-Richards) and some might say helped usher in a new generation of singer-songwriters. Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka might be stylistically diverse, but their ‘have-guitar-will-travel’ approach surely flows from the trailblazing example of Newton.
Now, after invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, comes his third album, Write It On Your Skin. This one man band (in every sense) has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players working with his brother Toby (a former drum and bass MC), hip hop fan Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) and production writing pair Nexus.
The result? An album bristling with spontaneity, the best kind of DIY imagination, and songs from unlikely sources but with a very likely-lad appeal.
He is the feelgood man of the season, the summertime troubadour who brings singalong vibes. As he says now with a laugh, despite his trademark rust-red dreads, he only seems to get recognized when it’s sunny outdoors:
“For some reason if it’s raining it can’t be me – but if the sun’s shining, then it’s definitely me! I’m completely affiliated with the sun. I get that now.”
Newton has previously sold over 1million albums in the UK alone. His debut ‘Hands Built By Robots’ spent over10 months inside the Top 40 Album Charts and become one of the Top 20 Biggest Selling UK digital albums of all time.
Ahead of the release, Newton will be touring the UK, giving fans the chance to hear new material as well as his classic hits. Dates are:
Tour dates are:
Mon 23-Apr Falmouth Pavilion
Wed 25-Apr Guildford Glive
Thu 26-Apr Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Sat 28-Apr Southend Palace Theatre
Sun 29-Apr Folkestone Quarterhouse
Tue 01-May London Scala
Wed 02-May London Scala
Thu 03-May Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Sat 05-May Bristol O2 Academy (Bristol Folk Festival)
Tue 08-May Newcastle Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
Wed 09-May Cardiff Coal Exchange
Thu 10-May Oxford O2 Academy
Sat 12-May Norwich Open
Sun 13-May Leamington Spa Assembly
Tue 15-May Holmfirth Picturedome
Wed 16-May Leeds Cockpit
Thu 17-May Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 19-May Manchester Academy 2
Sun 20-May Liverpool Uni Stanley Theatre
Tue 22-May Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Wed 23-May Dundee Fat Sams
Thu 24-May Glasgow Oran Mor
Sat 26-May Belfast The Limelight
Sun 27-May Dublin Whelan’s