Hotly-tipped singer/songwriter Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old ballads, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn's strum and sting, laced with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul and a touch of traditional folk.
Their debut album, Heirs and Graces, was produced by music legend John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn and Nick Drake among many others) and is released 17 Jan 2014.
After starting out on fiddle, Edinburgh-born Holmes switched to guitar at 14, and began writing songs a year or so later. Heirs and Graces’ gorgeously rueful I Can’t Be Right was the first he ever completed. Leaving school at 15, he worked on building sites and as an outdoor activities instructor before deciding, on his 20th birthday, to pursue music full-time. A finalist in the 2009 Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, he also reached the finals of the following year’s UK-wide BBC Young Folk Award. He was then recruited by young traditional firebrands Rura, who themselves won Up and Coming Act of the Year at the 2011 Scots Trad Music Awards - a status affirmed by their subsequent nomination for the Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon prize 2013.
John Martyn, David Francey, Kurt Cobain, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Nirvana, Sandy Denny, Van Morrison