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Sunjay

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Sunjay is pretty much the antithesis of your typical denim clad dishevelled folk and blues musician. From his perfectly groomed hair to his spotlessly shining winkle picker boots he walks onto the stage every inch the “city slicker”.

When Sunjay starts to play the guitar and sing, you are transported to a world where blues and country music meld seamlessly amidst humid mangrove swamps and red neck barbecues. Sunjay is, without doubt, the real deal.

Sunjay’s earliest memories are as a four-year old, learning Buddy Holly songs from his dad. How ironic it is that during 2017, he played the lead role of Buddy Holly, in Simon Fielder’s  touring stage show of “Buddy Holly and The Cricketers”, a role he was offered when he went for an audition in London for a backing singer and guitarist. The show’s producers were very impressed with Sunjay’s singing and playing as well as his familiarity with Buddy’s repertoire ”and the fact that he’s skinny and wears glasses was a bonus!”

From those early childhood steps Sunjay has in every sense, grown up in public, having performed regularly to ever increasing audiences from the age of seven.

Now, still only in his mid-twenties, Sunjay has become a master guitarist, who has crafted his show to perfection. 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. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

He also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his music, and a wicked sense of humour.

An evening with Sunjay is an evening of exquisite blues, country and folk music combined with a master class in guitar playing interspersed with hilarious anecdotes and even the occasional Buddy Holly song. But if he asks you to meet him at midnight down at the crossroads… think twice.

He is now concentrating on building his solo career, and will be releasing an album titled, Sunjay sings Buddy later this year, but for now you can catch Sunjay at the Colchester Arts Centre on Monday 1st October, 7.45pm. Tickets: £11. For more information or to book visit www.sunjay.tv or call the Box Office on 01206 500900.