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-  Label: 'Bite Music'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '8th September 2023'-  Catalogue No: 'BR12118'

Our Rating:
Rupert Wates was born in London and since 2007 has been based in New York City. Unlike many other Brits who cross the pond, he remains true to his folk-pop roots rather than embracing Americana.

He has released 11 previous CDs of original material and keeps busy performing an average of 120 live shows a year,

Wates explains that all eleven these new songs are about love with a common the theme of loss.

Some are based loosely on classical and Romantic texts (e.g. Guinevere and Lady of the Glades) while others are more contemporary in tone.

Wates has a soothing voice that seduces by his precise enunciation and is enhanced by a backing of expert finger-picking.

The blatant sentimentalism in tunes like Cathy and Like Sunrise somehow manages to steer clear of cringe-worthy schmaltz and sounds both eloquent and genuine.

Nothing about this record is particularly original but these are graceful songs performed simply and effectively.

Rupert Wates’ website
  author: Martin Raybould

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