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AWARD-WINNING GUITARIST OLI BROWN SET FOR UK TOUR DATES WITH CANADIAN PERCUSSION STAR LYLE MOLZAN

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Oli Brown, the multi-award winning guitarist and singer, will tour the UK throughout December as a duo with Canadian percussion star Lyle Molzan for a series of stripped-down, intimate live dates.

Renowned for his incendiary live shows, Brownâs forthcoming tour will be unlike anything his fans will have seen before, as he reveals, âIâm going to be performing solo for the first part of the set, which Iâve never done before. Lyle will then join me onstage playing his Cajon, before we rock it out as a heavy, electric duo. Iâm looking forward to this as I have the bass wired into the guitar, so we keep the depth of the sound and create something more âof the momentâ in the live show. Iâm in no way replacing a bass player for future tours, but itâs exciting to offer something a little different and unique for fans who have seen my previous shows.â

Brown met Molzan after his manager had been taking drum lessons from the Canadian virtuoso. âOne night, we went down to my rehearsal space to jam and I knew immediately Lyle was someone I wanted to work with,â says Brown. âIn addition to being a technically gifted player, Lyleâs energy and groove brings so much to the live show. Heâs also a great person to be around off-stage; we pull the best out of each other.â

Preparing for the tour, Molzan said, âOli Brown is an exceptional player and vocalist, and well beyond his years. This is a style of music I havenât played often, itâs been liberating and inspiring to really rock out. I think itâs just a matter of time before the whole world knows about Oli, and Iâm thrilled to be laying down the beats in this duo format.â

24 year-old Brown has released three studio albums since his 2008 debut Open Road, which saw Brown named 'Best Male Vocalist' and 'Best Young Artist' at the 2010 British Blues Awards. More success followed with the release of his second album in 2010, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, a debut appearance at the Glastonbury festival, MOJO and Classic Rock magazine voting the album their number 3 and number 4 blues albums of the year, respectively, and Brown winning the âBest Bandâ âBest Albumâ categories at the 2011 British Blues Awards. His third album Here I Am, released in 2012 reached number one in the Amazon, HMV and iTunes blues charts, leading to further award nominations at The British Blues Awards.

Brown will follow-up his UK tour by beginning work on his fourth studio album in February 2014. Currently in pre-production in the U.S., Brown will return to the UK and Europe once the album is finished in May.

Dec 05 â The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Dec 08 - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Dec 09 â Greystones, Sheffield

Dec 10 - Komedia Studio, Brighton,

Dec 11 â Musician, Leicester

Dec 12 â Erics, Liverpool

Dec 13 - Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Dec 14 - The Duchess, York

Dec 15 â The Talking Heads, Southampton


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Words SIMON REDLEY

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