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Who are you?
I’m Brother Castor, a folk musician and producer from Northumberland.

What is it you do?
I play percussive guitar and sing acoustic music with Northumbrian roots. Before coming back to the North East I engineered at Avatar studios in New York where I got to work alongside and learn from some of my heroes like Paul Simon and Al Schmitt.

How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been writing and performing since I was 16 years old when I won a SKY TV competition with a local band from Ponteland. During the 10 years since then it’s been a journey through audio engineering and producing to come full circle to begin a career as a solo musician writing and performing the acoustic music that I love. 

What inspires you?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my musical heroes during my time in recording studios but aside from personal interactions there is so much UK and Irish music that has pushed the acoustic genre to the forefront and shown that authenticity and popularity can coexist. Ben Howard, Dermot Kennedy and The Lake Poets come to mind. The stripped back style of Americana has also influenced my songwriting lately, the heartbreak and story telling at the centre of that genre is compelling. Jason Isbell single handedly changed my preconceptions of the Country and Americana genre.

Tell us about your music.
My music is acoustic guitar led and moves from the melancholy of traditional folk to the more Stomp & Holler upbeat music that bands such as The Lumineers, First Aid Kit and Head and The Heart have made more popular. My vocals have been compared variously from Damien Rice to Eddie Vedder to Dermot Kennedy so I guess the main conclusion is I sound a little husky. 

What have you got coming up in the future?
A video I put up on facebook of me playing guitar percussively on my lap unexpectedly got over 250K views so I quickly put up a studio version “Let Go” on streaming sites a couple days ago. A version of local classic Water of Tyne will come out in October along with a live video, the song’s build and harmonies still give me shivers. After that the music will keep coming and hopefully it’s not long before I can organize a local show.

Where can people find out more about you?
I’m active on Facebook and Instagram and take cover requests each week which is something I love doing and thankfully other people seem to enjoy too. My music is on Spotify, Apple Music and all streaming sites. Give me a follow and you’ll get updates as more songs come out.


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