Released 29th September 2014
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID...
You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen; singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 20 years.
With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become
recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit.
Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award and Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Sunjay has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country.
Reminiscent of early Ralph McTell, Sunjay's performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.
Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With two albums lready to his name, (‘Seems So Real’ 2011 and ‘One Night Only’ 2013) Sunjay has just recorded his third release (“Sunjay” released 29th September 2014) and is embarking on a nationwide, 40 date headline UK tour.
The self titled new album features Sunjay at his finest, collaborating with musicians including producer Eddy Morton (The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils), Liam Genockey
(Steeleye Span), Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts), Dan Walsh (Walsh & Pound), Sarah Smout (The Gren Bartley Band), and Charlie Barker. Sunjay said, “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road with the new album. It was a real privilege to work with such great musicians, and a lot of fun to make! I can’t wait to share it with everybody.”
Starting in August 2014, catch Sunjay for his ‘On The Road Tour’ which will see him perform everywhere from Kent to Perthshire.
4* - Maverick Magazine
4* - The Scotsman
3* - The Telegraph
3* - R2
8/10 - Bluesdoodles
'If you’re a folk fan, it’s not whether you buy this album, but when.' - Congleton Chronicle
'Sunjay is very much the man of the moment. Not so much the flavour of the month as the flavour of the year.' - Living Tradition
'Sunjay, who is 20, has already made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award (in 2012) and this self-titled album shows his growing potential. His fluent and intricate guitar comes to the fore in a cover version of Mark Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia. Some of the other covers work well (especially James Taylor's Close Your Eyes, which Sunjay sings well, in a graceful bass voice).'
- Martin Chilton, The Telegraph, 17th Sept, 2014
'A very accomplished & dynamic guitarist, with a mature stage presense and echoes of a young Ralph McTell.' - R2
'Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definately destined for bigger things.' - Maverick
'Maturity beyond his 20 years.' - fRoots
'Listen, watch and take note.' - FATEA
'Exquisite playing' - 3 Chords & The Truth
'For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life.' - Folk All
'Sunjay is nothing short of being hailed a musician's musician.' - Liverpool Sound & Vision
A great voice." - Blues Matters