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Gren Bartley Band


“As an acoustic finger-picking guitar and banjo player he has few if any equals in his age group; as an acoustic rooted-in-folk writer he's developing an alarmingly good canon of work" - R2 Magazine

Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The new album “Winter Fires” (out Spring 2013) is set to build further upon the success of 2012’s critically acclaimed “Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown”.

“A quiet triumph, no less” - fRoot

Showcasing his “phenomenal” guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, the new album also marks the first time Gren will be performing some of the tour with his band. This new line up reinforces Bartley’s highly regarded musicianship and penchants for catchy melodies and absorbing narratives.

Gren Bartley; vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica, ebow

Julia Disney; vocals, piano, violin

Sarah Smout; vocals, cello

Karen Jones; vocals, percussion

“If awe inspiring albums really are delivered through vivid dreams whilst slipping in and out of illness induced delirium, then I want what Gren Bartley had. "Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown" is an album that will enhance his reputation, not only as a top guitar and banjo picker, but also as a wordsmith and fully fledged troubadour. He wields his serrated edge sound with surgical precision, cutting deep into your psyche and then seeing which nerves reach the heart strings, which ones operate the tear ducts and which ones just get the feet tapping. A game changing album.” - FATEA Magazine

Gren is touring relentlessly either solo, as a duo or with the full band. The workshops he hosts in guitar playing and songwriting have been described as “brilliantly fresh”. Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and blues traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.

“One to really look out for...” - BBC Radio 2



New Album Launch

New Album Launch

Tue 19th February, 2013

Gren Bartley's brand new album "Winter Fires" is due for release on the 28th February 2013 at the Musician, Leicester. The album has been described as Bartley's best yet and also see the first full .. Read More »