A FOLK singer will play at Chester’s Alexander’s venue on Monday, September 1.
Winchester based Darren Black is a musician with a rapidly growing profile on the folk/acoustic scene.
Hailing from a quiet corner of the Welsh valleys and spending his formative years in the North West, he carries a heart-felt honesty in his music.
Originally a classical violinist, he later taught himself guitar and folk fiddle. Inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin and the melodic, poignant lyricism of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, musing soon progressed to song-writing.
He now performs solo with guitar and violin and also as a trio with Kevin Dempsey and Helen Lancaster.
Lyrically he writes about what makes him tick, and he "has an incisive flair for blurring the boundaries between the traditional and contemporary".
He has played at an array of established folk festivals including the Beverley, Priddy, Two Rivers, Saul and the Sunrise Celebration.
2007 saw the release of Darren's debut album, the acclaimed ‘Silent Poetry’.
Songs about his childhood in Wales, the demise of the Steel Industry and global warming gave solace to those who thought the age of meaningful song-writing was over.
Darren Black plays at Alexander’s Jazz Bar, Rufus Court on Monday, September 1. For tickets call 01244 340005