Philip Sayce To Tour The UK In November With Marcus Bonfanti, KIicks Off 11/7

Philip Sayce, former guitarist with Melissa Etheridge and Jeff Healey, will embark on a nationwide tour in the UK starting at the Manchester Academy 3 on Sunday 7th November.

Sayce's guitar-driven retro blues rock sound is rich and raw.His high-energy blues and soul vibe is packed with original style and explosive impact. Fans can expect Sayce to perform songs from his first album Peace Machine, and his second and most recent album INNEREVOLUTION, released by Provogue Records. PHILIP SAYCE

Dates include Manchester Academy 3 (Nov 7), Wolverhampton Robin (Nov 8), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Nov 9), Glasgow O2 ABC 2 (Nov 11), Edinburgh Caves (Nov 11), Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (Nov 13), Liverpool O2 Academy 2 (Nov 15), Poole Mr Kyps (Nov 16), and London Borderline (Nov 17)

Described by many as an emotive singer and an exceptionally skilled guitarist, Sayce's live shows features a stunning interpretation of Neil Young's classic Cinnamon Girl; a song that featured on his debut album Peace Machine (released by Provogue Records).

Sayce's touring band includes bassist Joel Gottschalk and drummer Fritz Lewak (Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Brown, Peter Frampton), while he takes on lead vocals and guitar.

UK blues rock guitarist Marcus Bonfanti is very special guest on Philip Sayce's UK November tour, and will perform songs from his recently released and critically acclaimed second album What Good Am I To You?


With Very Special Guest
Sunday 7th November
Manchester Academy 3
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0871 230 1101
325 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG

Monday 8th November
Wolverhampton Robin
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0871 230 1101
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ

Tuesday 9th November
Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tickets: £12 / Box Office 0845 413 4444
Masonic Place, Goldsmith Street, NG1 5GG

Thursday 11th November
Glasgow O2 ABC 2
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA

Friday 12th November
Edinburgh Caves
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0871 230 1101
8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS

Saturday 13th November
Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SW

Monday 15th November
Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool, L3 5UF

Tuesday 16th November
Poole Mr Kyps
Tickets: £10 / Box Office: 01202 748 945
8A Parr Street, Poole, Dorset, BH4 0JY

Wednesday 17th November
London Borderline
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 08448 472 465
16 Manette Street, London, W1D 4AR

Philip Sayce was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where his family moved to when he was two years old. He grew up in a musical household and was exposed to his parents' eclectic record collection that included Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Dire Straits. When his parents took him to an Eric Clapton concert, he was awestruck. He was instantly drawn to the guitar.

By the time he was 15 he was playing guitar in his first band; he was up and running. He soon became a regular fixture on the Toronto club scene, where his fluid soloing and guitar skills won him many fans. With an insatiable appetite for jam sessions at the likes of Grossman's Tavern in Toronto, Sayce began rapidly distilling his own guitar style and tonal palette from a melting pot of influences that included Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, and in particular Stevie Ray Vaughan, to whom he is most often compared.

As a teenager, Sayce was held in such high regard that, after jamming on stage with one of his heroes, guitar player and fellow Canadian Jeff Healey, he was invited to join Healey's band. After three-and-a-half years with Healey's band, playing gigs with them at the Montreux Jazz Festival and around the world, Sayce felt it was time to move on.

In 2001 he moved to Los Angeles and joined Uncle Kracker, and was with the band when they had their massive US No.1 Drift Away. He starred in and wrote the music for the short film Cockroach Blue, directed by the award-winning RoBert Crossman, which received high acclaim when it was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival. Then, in 2003, Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge came calling ("very talented - like Stevie Ray Vaughan," she enthused), and he enjoyed an "awesome" time playing and recording with her band until 2008.

During his stint with Melissa, in 2005 Sayce released his debut solo album, Peace Machine, using what he describes as Etheridge's "shit-hot" band. Recorded live in the studio, it's full of raw, high-energy, low-maintenance retro-blues delivered with startling punch and real style, and showcases Sayce as soulful, powerfully expressive vocalist as well as a supremely talented guitarist and all-round musician. The album also includes a stunning version of the Neil Young classic Cinnamon Girl, the song that always makes an appearance in Sayce's live shows.

With his jam-club years in his pocket, live is where Sayce shines brightest. His band performs with a potent mixture of power and finesse, and as the focal point he regularly pulls the trigger and unleashes visceral, unforgettable guitar solos.

April 2010 saw the release of, INNEREVOLUTION, Philip Sayce's most recent studio album recorded with his current touring band - keyboardist Fred Mandel (Queen, Supertramp, Elton John, Alice Cooper), bassist Joel Gottschalk and drummer Ryan MacMillan (Matchbox 20). Some of the songs co-written with Richard Marx, busbee, Mike Bradford, Dave Cobb and Marti Frederiksen among others, establishes Philip Sayce not only as one of the finest blues guitarists, but also as a musician, singer and songwriter with tremendous talent.

There's the driving, exhilarating opener Changes, with its guitar-motif nods to Hendrix and The Beatles; the broken-heart questioning of Are You Ready, and the thrown-it-all-away regret of the pulsing Bitter Monday. The funked-up, get-down Little Miss America, on which Sayce pushes his voice to the edge, and at the other end of the intensity scale is a diamond among other gems on the album: Daydream Tonight, a mid-tempo, slow-burning ballad delivered with passion and giving off a hint of the piquancy of some of a young Lenny Kravitz's finest, most soulful moments.

The album also includes a cover of the Automatic Man song My Pearl. "I just love the song," Sayce enthuses. "I wanted to bring my love of funk and soul to this track, and it's so much fun to play." More varied than Peace Machine, and overall more sophisticated and more polished in terms of songwriting, sonics and performance, INNEREVOLUTION is a stylish, engaging and thrilling album that should bring Philip Sayce to the attention of a lot of new fans of guitar music.

With appearances at many of this summer's festivals under his belt, including Glastonbury, Maryport, Hopfarm and Secret Garden as well as playing the prestigious South By South West festival in March, guitarist and vocalist Marcus Bonfanti is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK live circuit.

Having learnt his trade playing 3 sets a night, 6 nights a week, he is no stranger to live performing. Together with his band, featuring Scott Wiber (bass) and Alex Reeves (drums), he's been playing shows up and down the country throughout 2010 to promote his current album What Good Am I To You?, which has already been credited as one of Classic Rock magazines' Top 50 releases of the year.

28 years old Bonfanti was born and raised in London to an English mother and an Italian father.

Self-taught as a guitarist, Marcus has already packed plenty in, from LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) to top level session work, from school days as a trumpet player to learning guitar licks in his bedroom to the strains of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog.'

This is the sound of the North London blues.

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