Gavin Chappell-Bates is a European acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter from Cambridge, England.
Gavin’s music has featured on Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6 Music and Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio 2. He regularly appears on BBC Introducing, as well as other local and national stations. He was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist in the 2015 and 2016 NMG Awards and has a growing fan base in France where numerous fan sites have popped up.
Gavin is currently recording his second album in preparation for a summer / autumn 2017 release, to be accompanied by a UK and European tour and various UK festival appearances.
Gavin set off on his first ever tour in September 2014 and has gigged relentlessly since. His shows vary for every performance; from live looping, to playing with a band to stripped down performances with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and stomp box. He has performed at The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham), Hoxton Bar and Sebright Arms (London), The Hunter Club (Bury St. Edmunds), Norwich Arts Centre and The Portland Arms (Cambridge), as well as Homegrown Music Festival and Strawberry Fair.
Gavin lived with depression, anxiety and self-harm for a large part of his life. Since overcoming this he now writes music which is insightful, thoughtful, heartfelt and uplifting. He sings songs about youth, the environment, what it is to be human, our place in the universe, and living a positive life.
After playing in various bands, Gavin released his first solo EP – ‘Black Holes’ – in February 2015. His debut album, featuring the singles ‘Black Holes’, ‘95’, ‘We Are The Ones’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Church Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’, was released by R*E*P*E*A*T Records in April 2016. The album was recorded by James Coppolaro at Mix 66 and friends, family and fans voted for their favourite songs to appear on it. Recorded with a full band, tracks on the album shift from acoustic folk to blistering pop-punk to 90s Britpop to anthemic indie-rock to epic balladry.
Gavin’s musical journey started with a junior school project on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which began a lifelong love affair with The Beatles and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by two friends, one who could play like Hendrix at the age of 9 and the other who was already writing McCartney-esque-songs, Gavin picked up a guitar and, after a few early lessons with Ezio’s Booga, began teaching himself to play. Rock ‘n’ roll soon progressed into rock music and an adoration for Aerosmith, especially the guitar playing of Joe Perry. But it was the first time that Gavin played a 7” of Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers that his musical path was forged. Leant the record by his sister having seen this unique and mesmerising band performing on TV the night before, Gavin knew that, as he listened to the song, this would be his favourite band for the rest of his life. After this Gavin began to write songs and learned how to sing. He has been constantly improving and evolving ever since.