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With a career spanning over 3½ decades, internationally-acclaimed County Durham singer-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", ‘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 and an E.P. taken from his 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' project exploring the history of the Durham Light Infantry; an album is due to follow. Meanwhile, 'Mad Martins' is currently in the process of undergoing a restructure and relaunch, including the addition of several new songs and spoken word pieces, as well as an animated film.
Gary is currently completing work on his epic Folk-Rock Opera 'The Butcher Baronet', based on the legend of Sir John Duck (“Durham’s Dick Whittington"), having previously donated an exclusive recording of the title song to a film documentary of the same name (also released as a Single), and is due to be the subject of a documentary film himself, entitled ‘One Gary Miller’ by Lone Pine Pictures.
As founder, frontman and principle songwriter 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, UK).
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'. Furthermore, the pair established 'Nellie's Temple', a band project showcasing Helen's songwriting skills, with her as lead vocalist and Gary as musical director, arranger and band leader. 'Venus Through the Sycamores', the debut Single by Nellie's Temple, has been released in October 2021, as a teaser for the band's debut album, scheduled for 2022.
Also planned for 2022, is the release of Miller's latest solo album, 'Northern Grit (The Good, The Bad & The Greedy)', featuring a batch of songs written for various commissions and assorted side projects, as well as the debut album and tour from his latest band project 'Gary Miller's Big Picture', which has been heralded by the release in October 2021 of the Single 'A Boy's Own Story'.
"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).