BILL FAY to appear on tonight's Later With Jools Holland FRI 23/11
Album released: August 20th 2012
With no other live appearances planned, this is the only opportunity to see BILL FAY perform. He'll be singing 'The Never Ending Happening' from his rapturously received album 'Life Is People' on tonight's edition of Later With Jools Holland - BBC2 11.50pm
MOJO - Album of the Month - 5 STARS ***** 'Bill Fay's first album in 41 years is astonishing'
UNCUT - 9/10 Albums of the Year No.6 - 'Beautifully measured return from this humble master of English song'
Q - 4 STARS **** 'The staggering return of a great lost cult artist…an awe-inspiring experience'
THE INDEPENDENT 5 STARS ***** Album of the Week 'the album of a lifetime'
RECORD COLLECTOR 5 STARS ***** New Album of the Month 'a triumphant return'
THE TELEGRAPH 5 STARS ***** POP CD OF THE WEEK 'a masterpiece'
FINANCIAL TIMES 4 STARS **** 'Fay sings with the wisdom of a North London Johnny Cash'
EVENING STANDARD 4 STARS **** CD OF THE WEEK 'beautifully crafted'
DAILY EXPRESS 5 STARS ***** 'hauntingly beautiful'
MAIL ON SUNDAY 4 STARS **** 'rich in spirit'
THE SUN 4.5/5 'a breathtaking return'
NICK CAVE - 'Bill Fay is one of the greats - this is a beautiful album'
JEFF TWEEDY - 'I can't think of anyone whose records have meant more in my life'
For the unacquainted Bill Fay is one of English music’s best kept secrets – a genuine national treasure. Back at the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn’t renewed, leaving his LPs and his reputation to become cult items, later namedropped by the likes of Nick Cave, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jim O’Rourke. But he never stopped writing, and the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, his first properly crafted studio album since 1971, that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.
Ranging from intimate to cosmic, epic but never grandiose, Bill’s deeply committed music reminds you of important, eternal truths, and the lessons to be drawn from the natural world, when the materiality and greed threaten to engulf everything. After nearly 50 years, Bill Fay has finally delivered his masterpiece.