Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

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Johnny Campbell / Gary Miller
'True North' Double-Header European Tour February 2021

 

PRESS RELEASE

'Two Northern Men - One European Journey'

Two mighty Northerners of the English Folk Scene have joined forces to present a unique show full of passion, romance and northern grit. Yorkshireman Johnny Campbell and Gary Miller from County Durham are each highly-esteemed performers in their own right with impressive respective portfolios and back repertoires to draw upon. This exclusive double-bill collaboration is sure to amaze, surprise and delight audiences throughout Europe.

 

With a career spanning 3½ decades, internationally-acclaimed 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 about 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 by award-winning film company Lone Pine Pictures.


As founder and frontman of renowned folk-rock band The Whisky Priests, Miller was the driving force behind the band's '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).


The release of Miller's latest solo album, 'Northern Grit (The Good, The Bad & The Greedy)' is scheduled to coincide with the tour.


"As a song poet, there are few in the world today to match him." (Green Man Review, USA)


"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).


"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).

 

Harking back to an age when Folk musicians travelled to share songs, stories and tales from their land, Campbell has since 2013 plied his trade across over twenty-one different countries. Writing self-penned material and delving deep into Northern English folk song, Campbell's material and performance is authentically English. Or Northern English. Since the release of his limited release album 'Hook, Line & Sinker' in 2015 and his follow up 'Avalon' in 2017, Campbell has toured USA, Iceland, Ireland, UK, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey & Faroe Islands. Solidifying his reputation as one of England's last Folk troubadours with his latest album (January 2020) 'From Hull and Halifax and Hell...' is a live album of his first performance on the Faroe Islands.


In between all this he has found the time to open shows for BBC Folk award nominees and winners such as Stick in the Wheel, Ewan McLennan, Martin Carthy, Daoiri Farrell, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds. Not to show Campbell is sticking to a well-trodden Folk path, he's supported Anarcho-punk legend Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life numerous occasions and the seminal The Men They Couldn't Hang as well as being one of the core reviewers for the well-respected Fatea Magazine.


''One of folk's brightest rising stars.'' (Bright Young Folk)  


''Johnny's got the personality to compliment the courage of his convictions.'' (The Living Tradition)  


''The recurring theme of forced migration, caused by war or needing to work runs through the album. This enhances the recording which has a real feel of the field recordings of early folk song.'' (Fatea Magazine)  


''Here are songs of poverty and hardship drawing from diverse sources...it's an album I could keep on repeat.'' (Folking.com)  


"An album of virtuousness, Avalon invokes a spirit of nobility and respectability to wish we should all play to.'' (Liverpool Sound and Vision)

 

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