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With a career spanning 3½ decades, internationally-acclaimed County Durham songwriter and musician Gary Miller continues to move forward with increasing momentum.
In 2018, his award-winning 50-track triple CD and theatre project 'Mad Martins' was released to widespread critical acclaim : -
"Most Ambitious Release of 2018", 'Best of 2018' Awards (Shite 'n' Onions, USA)
"To say that this is a masterpiece is still an understatement" 10/10 (FRaME Music)
"A veritable Triumph!" ***** (RnR Magazine, UK)
"A magnificent piece of work" (folking.com)
"An extraordinary work" (FRUK)
He followed this with a string of singles taken from his 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' project exploring the history of the Durham Light Infantry; an album is due to follow. Meanwhile, he is currently completing work on his 2-hour Folk-Rock Opera 'The Butcher Baronet', based on the legend of Sir John Duck (“Durham’s Dick Whittington"), having recently donated an exclusive recording of the title song to a film documentary of the same name, and is due to be the subject of a documentary film himself, entitled ‘One Gary Miller’ by Lone Pine Pictures.
Best known as founder and frontman of renowned folk-rock band The Whisky Priests, Miller was the driving force behind the band's celebratory 'Bloody Well Back!' Reunion Tour in 2018 and it's accompanying ‘Bloody Well Everything! (The Complete Works 1985-2000)’ retrospective 12-disc CD Box Set ("An exceptional body of work from a great band that has been much missed.” - RnR Magazine).
Since 2017, Gary's partner, artist, designer and illustrator Helen Temperley has worked in close collaboration with him on all of his projects and they recently devised and began working in partnership together on a highly ambitious multi-media project entitled 'The Weavings of The Black Wool'.
In addition, he is busy planning a joint European tour for February-March 2021 with his friend and fellow North of England folk singer-songwriter Johnny Campbell (''One of folk's brightest rising stars'' - Bright Young Folk ), with the release of Miller's latest solo album, 'Northern Grit (The Good, The Bad & The Greedy)' scheduled to coincide with the tour. In the meantime, other future plans include an album and tour with his new band 'Gary Miller's Big Picture'.
"As a song poet, there are few in the world today to match him." (Green Man Review, USA)
"Gary has a real flair for conjuring imagery from the past with a gritty reality. He possesses an inbuilt and empathic understanding of social history, which is voiced in direct tell-it-like-it-is language (not lacking in literacy or lyrical expression, however), boosted by a keen sense of melodic invention, manifested in canny tunes and often seriously catchy choruses. There’s also a strong regional (north-east) folk sensibility within Gary’s songwriting that’s key to the memorability of his songs." (FRUK).
"Miller actually writes great songs with words that mean something and are usually substantially rooted. His ability as a songwriter who captures folk sentiment and communal memory must now be unquestioned." (Folk Roots, UK).
“A writer of cleverly composed mini-epics. Gary Miller has managed to produce some excellent images of life in the past and the present day.” (Rock ‘N’ Reel, UK).
"Miller has the glorious knack of penning irresistible choruses with a lyrical depth beyond the norm and a strong commercial ear, his worth as a composer ought to be worth its weight in gold." (Folk on Tap, UK).
"One of the most literate and insightful songwriters in the world of folk-rock; his writing has always been exemplary. He touches on every level of human emotion. And his melodies are equally as brilliant as his prose." (All Music Guide, USA).
"One of the best lyricists of our time." (Backline, UK).
"Miller has an enviable range." (Musician, UK).
“Forceful biting lyrics. In years to come (his) songs will be documents of our social history.” (Folktalk, UK).
“Cracking songs which show a good eye for gritty and earthy reality. Images, sympathies and genuine true life are painted with such a vast range of colours – why hasn’t Gary brought out a book of poetry?” (The Modern Dance, UK).
“A fine songwriter, offering skillfully drawn portraits of characters and life.” (Outlook, UK).
“The feel of Gary Miller’s lyrics carries traditional sensibilities. His original lyrics are as appealing as the melodies to which they’re set” (Dirty Linen, USA).
“The songs of Gary Miller are modern folk music, no less.” (Folk On Tap, UK).
“Words with powerful imagery by a powerful wordsmith. He has the ability to draw on aspects of his own experience and adapt and develop these into strong story lines - these are songs to identify with. His eloquant and impassioned delivery speaks to the lost innocent in us all. I’d like to hear a range of singers tackling Gary’s great songs.” (Folk Buzz, UK).
"The man has folk roots that spring from the coaly earth of the North East - a rare quality indeed." (Conrad Jay Bladey, Hutman Productions, USA).