Acclaimed singer-songwriter to perform at the De La Warr

Steve Gunn.
Steve Gunn.

This month the DWLP welcomes acclaimed American, Brooklyn-based, singer-songwriter Steve Gunn.

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper.

He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it.

His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy — his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.

In Gunn’s own words: “The music isn’t about me. It’s about characters, either real or fictional. It’s about images.” The evening also features support from multi-instrumentalist musician and banjo maestro Nathan Bowles.

Tickets are available from Music’s Not Dead 01424 552435 or www.dlwp.com