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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blind Alley - Marcus Bonfanti Band

From the first note of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” sixteen-year-old Marcus Bonfanti knew he wanted to be a guitar player. After spending his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working 12 hours a day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost 10 years Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London. His 2008 debut album, ‘Hard Times,’ set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard. 2010’s ‘What Good Am I To You’ (Listed in Classic Rock Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2010 & Single "Give Me Your Cash" top 40 songs of 2010) made good on all those promises. The critical acclaim that both albums received earned him the 2012 British Blues Award for Best Songwriter. He was also invited by Paul Jones to perform at his 25th Year anniversary show at BBC Maida Vale Studios and as special guest at his legendary Cranleigh Arts Centre Christmas gig. After 2 sold out shows at London’s prestigious Jazz CafĂ© this year, he has been chosen as the support act for the legendary Shuggie Otis for his first ever UK shows. 2013 will see the release of his much-anticipated 3rd studio album. Recorded at ‘The Grange’ with Dave Williams (Ike and Tina Turner, John Mayall, Peter Green) it will be released in the spring. Bonfanti is known for his high-energy live shows with his 3-piece band that have been receiving rave reviews over the last 2 years and solidified his reputation as one of the most exciting live performers on the UK scene. Marcus will be traveling the UK to promote this new album through a set of intimate solo gigs throughout February 2013 and then embarking on a UK & European tour with his band in April and May to coincide with the release.

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