Newton Faulkner emerged in 2007 with the debut album Handbuilt By Robots, the Album secured platinum status in Australia and his home, the UK. It wasn’t long after, Newton first wowed Bluesfest audiences in 2008 and we can’t wait to have this feel-good performer with his trademark rust –red dreads back on the stage this Easter.
Newton is known for his distinctive guitar playing style; a tap-pick-and-strum technique that allows him to use his instrument as guitar, bass and drums all at once. His craft was put in danger just before he was about to jump into the recordings of his second album in 2009, when Newton broke his wrist while on a family skiing trip in France (he wasn’t even skiing at the time) Back in the UK…and following surgery on his wrist, involving a metal plate and nine pins, Newton released the aptly named Rebuilt By Humans.
Newton loves performing, whether in a club, cave, theatre, festival or hot-air balloons (he did that, over the Swiss Alps, for a radio show). His live performances are engaging, uplifting and show audiences the incredible talent he holds; “He launches into each song with impressive guitar work and vocals being an understatement” Faster Louder , Palais Theatre, April 2010.
It will be three years this Easter, since we last saw Newton grace the Bluesfest stage and he is bringing with him, his third studio album Write It On Your Skin (2012). Always a one-man band, Newton has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players for the album. The first single “Clouds” was written by Newton in a garage in the LA sunshine with his brother Toby (A former drum and bass MC) and Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet). The album has earned Newton a number one spot on the UK albums chart.
Newton is a man with a purist’s love of music and a burning desire to share his songs with people, make sure you don’t miss what he has to share with you this Easter at Bluesfest.