BriT-nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner is stopping by Glasgow on his UK tour this October.
A total of three years after he took the world by storm with 2009’s Rebuilt by Humans , Newton is back and he is touring his third album.
He wrote his new single, Clouds, in a garage in the LA sunshine with his brother Toby and Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet.
The track sums up one of the over-riding themes of the album, which he describes as ‘I know things appear to be bad now but they will get better’.
More than three years since his last world tour, a lot has changed for Newton. He is now a family man, with a one-year-old son, Beau Henry Faulkner-Richards. He is also partly responsible for helping usher in a new generation of have-guitar-will-travel singer-songwriters such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka.
Now, after invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, comes his third album, Write It On Your Skin. This one man band (in every sense) has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players, working with his brother Toby (aka Billy Battenberg songwriter), hip hop fan Farrar and production writing pair Nexus.
The noticeable difference in Faulkner’s latest album compared to his previous records is its decidedly more upbeat tone, which was a conscious decision from the singer.
The result? An album that he is delighted with, and which encompasses his carefree vibe.
Despite his fame and his trademark rust-red dreads, he only seems to get recognized when it’s sunny outdoors.
“For some reason if it’s raining it can’t be me – but if the sun’s shining, then it’s definitely me! I’m completely affiliated with the sun. I get that now”.
Newton has previously sold over one million albums in the UK alone. His debut spent over 10 months inside the Top 40 Album Charts and become one of the Top 20 biggest selling UK digital albums of all time.
Newton Faulkner plays Glasgow’s 02 ABC at 7pm on Wednesday. Tickets are £17.50. For more info or to book, visit www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk.