“One of England’s finest young singers” Cambridge Times, Ontario
“destined to rank among seminal folk albums” Folkwords March 2013
“an uncommonly fine singer” fRoots
“bold, imaginative and ambitious” Songlines
“Davenport’s [songwriting] sticks it to ‘the man’ with considerable two-fingered aplomb” **** Q
A finalist in the Fatea Awards 2013 for Male Vocalist of The Year and a winner of a 2013 fRoots Album of The Year position for The Bone Orchard, Gavin Davenport has in a few short years become “a major rising star of the folk scene” (R2 Magazine)
His bold, distinctive vocals, multi-instrumental skills wrapped around a unique, percussive guitar style and a knack for stark, contemporary songwriting unite the best of the oral tradition with a modern relevance and an incisive eye for detail. Splitting his time between London and Devon, Gavin’s contemporary material draws on his deep knowledge of traditional material.
His songwriting and performance have drawn plaudits and admiration from some of the biggest names of the folk scene, and his songs are sung by other well respected performers. His recorded material has led to comparisons with artists as diverse as Chris Wood, Jim Moray, Martyn Bennett and Tony Rose. He is a winner of the John Birmingham cup for newly composed song and as a member of the Albion Band was nominated for Songlines and Fatea awards in 2013 as well as winning a Spiral Earth award.
His latest album ‘The Bone Orchard’ was a former Folk Radio UK album of the month, featured in fRoots magazine’s playlist and has received superb reviews throughout the UK music press, described already as “one of the best releases of 2013″ (Bright Young Folk) it is a compelling collection of traditional and newly composed material that shows real respect and understanding for the deep roots of the English Folk Tradition.