Ely musician is called one of the country’s ‘brightest new stars’

Ely musician Sunjay

Ely musician Sunjay - Credit: Archant

An Ely musician is gaining critical acclaim from the national press and his peers as ‘one of the UK’s brightest young stars.’

Sunjay’s latest release is called ‘Black & Blues’ and sees him returning to New Mountain Music Studios with producer Eddy Morton.

It was recorded in a single day in August.

The album, comprised of 10 traditional blues songs, interpreted and arranged by Sunjay, showcases his powerful vocals and his intricate, masterful guitar playing.

“Quite a few of these songs I have been singing and playing since I was about five years old,” he said.

“My dad taught me Buddy Holly songs when I first started playing guitar.

“Pretty soon I realised that finger-picking the guitar looked much better than strumming. That was my introduction to the blues, although I don’t think I would have been able to define blues music at the time.

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“There was something about that kind of music that intrigued me. It’s funny to look back now and to realise that I knew very little about the content of the song.”

In 2016 Sunjay can be seen live when he shares the stage with Pentangle.