In these days of instant gratification and internet sensation, the career trajectory of 22-year-old blues guitarist Oli Brown is a worthwhile reminder of what can be achieved through hard graft and dedication.
The story goes that, aged 13, Oli Brown picked up a guitar for the first time and, by the time he was 16 - just 30-or-so months later - he was touring America and opening for Buddy Guy. That was in 2006 and in the five years since, Brown has made his mark as one of the leading blues guitarists of his generation as well as an accomplished singer and songwriter.
In 2010, he was voted 'Male Vocalist of the Year' and 'Young Artist of the Year' at the British Blues Awards. He also made his Glastonbury debut and released his second album, 'Heads I Win Tales You Lose' which Mojo considered the 4th best blues album of the year (Classic Rock put it as their No 3 blues album for 2010).
Oli Brown's spring UK tour begins at the Manchester Academy on Wednesday 11th April, followed by gigs in Aberdeen, Nottingham, Birmingham, Exeter and more, before the final date announced so far at London's Islington Academy on 22nd April 2012. Tickets for the Nottingham date are already on sale.
We will have tickets for the additional gigs when they go on sale at 9AM (8AM for Aberdeen) on Friday 4th November, priced £12.50.
In the meantime, Oli Brown continues to support blues legend John Mayall on his UK tour throughout November and will also be performing a headline show at the Norwich Waterfront on 15th December. We have tickets available now, priced around £14 for the December show and £25 to £30 for the John Mayall gigs.