I am a great believer that all things happen for a reason; and the small choices we make in our day-to-day lives lead us down particular paths. The way in which I stumbled upon Harry Keyworth made me think about that concept. Randomly, I decided to go shopping in Kingston one Saturday, and ended up down one of the narrow side streets that surround the market area searching for a particular shop. Although I did go on to find the shop I was looking for, the real discovery that day was finding Harry Keyworth performing on a stage in the middle of the market for what appeared to be a small local talent event. As I made my way towards the market area, I could hear someone playing the guitar and was intrigued. Since starting this blog we have been on the look out for a hidden gem that we could blog about; someone we could say, ‘We blogged about them before they blew up!’ and we feel in Harry that we have found that gem.
Born in Wales and now based in London, Harry has been involved in music since the age of 17 when he played in various funk/dance bands. In terms of what he is doing now, Harry has been performing for the last two years, writing and gigging. The first thing that struck me about Harry was his guitar playing! To listen to, his sound is amazing, but to see how he plays the guitar takes things to a another level. His style/sound reminds me of a cross between Andy McKee and Newton Faulkner, two guitar players who took a different approach to playing the acoustic guitar – two people who incorporated a percussive element into their sound by using the body of the guitar as a drum.
“I saw Andy McKee playing in my home town and although the music isn’t completely my cup of tea it definitely caused me to look at playing the guitar in a different way….this is perhaps where the percussive element entered my style.” (Harry Keyworth)
As I stood near the stage witnessing one hell of a talented guitarist making his way through the intro of one of his tracks, I couldn’t help but say over and over in my head, ‘Please have a good voice! Please have a good voice!’ Luckily, Harry didn’t let me down. His warm, soothing voice compliments his guitar playing perfectly and the combination of the two make it clear to me that this is one talent that is on the verge of big things!! At times his voice reminds me of Fink, another UK-based singer songwriter who the Awedio Hub team love.
With his second EP well underway and hopefully gracing our ears very soon, the rest of the year is looking extremely exciting for Harry Keyworth. With more shows planned for late August and October in Wales (details here), some shows in America early next spring (Dates TBC) as well as being part of the Road to Matala Tour next summer, Harry is one act you simply must see live if you get the chance! I myself am lucky enough to be seeing Harry perform again in Kingston this Thursday evening (15th August) at the Rose Theatre. (Details can be found here) If you are in the area and fancy a night of great music, poetry and much more, you should definitely head down to the Rose. Tickets are free so just turn up and enjoy!
For now, enjoy ‘The Night’ and ‘Dreamer’, my two personal favourites from Harry’s debut EP, ‘Flux’. You can check out the rest of the EP on Harry’s Soundcloud page and if you like what you hear you can buy it here. Harry Keyworth is an incredible talent who deserves every success that comes his way. Be sure to pop over to his Facebook page to show your support and follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with details of his tour and future releases.