Skillfully merges blues, pop, reggae with evocative songs into a seamless inimitable new music.
Errol Linton - born and bred Londoner, has come to know, its atmosphere, sounds, colours, and its people. Through his music and his songs, Errol has developed a truly original and personal style inspired by everyday life as a struggling Londoner.
“I grew up in London, I picked up a harmonica one day, a friend had sold me, started blowing on it and never stopped. The harp led me to the blues. My parents are from Jamaica so I grew up hearing reggae, gospel, soul, ska, bit of country and Louis Jordan. Friends started making tapes for me with blues on it, when I first heard Sonny Boy Williamson it blew me away”.
Errol Linton was discovered by BBC producer John Walters in 1991 and was asked to perform on a the BBC Radio 1 Andy Kershaw Show and, in 1993, Errol featured in Walters’ BBC TV series in a programme titled ‘Rhythms of the Worlds: Two generations of the Blues’.
When Errol recorded his first album Vibin’ It in 1997, Radio DJs Charlie Gillett, Paul Jones, John Peel and Andy Kershaw all played the album. In 2001, Linton returned to the studio to cut Roots Stew, an album which showed Errol’s songwriting developing.
His third album Mama Said demonstrates the inimitable Errol Linton style to the full.
With distribution, the album has gained fantastic reviews in the national papers such as The Independent On Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph, and magazines like Mojo (‘’Errol deserves more than an underground reputation’’ MOJO).
Errol has also started to guest perform on radio stations such as Radio2, Radio3, Radio4, BBC 6Music, BBC London and Jazz FM to name a few. Errol is three times winner of the Best British Blues Harmonica Player Award.
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