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Marcus Bonfanti

“Bonfanti deserves to become the next British Blues Guitar Hero”
The Guardian

“With a voice like sand & glue, a punchy guitar technique & stockpile or careworn tales, his appeal becomes unisex. Highlights are plentiful”
Classic Rock – Blues Album of the Month

“Varied & confident album. This outing proves Bonfanti has the potential to take the blues somewhere intriguing”.
Guitarist Magazine

“This blues guitarist will be loosening the plaster from the ceiling with outings from a powerful new album.”
The Independent

2011 is witnessing some kind of natural, unforced blues revival and Marcus Bonfanti is front and centre of it.

Both Bonfanti’s albums are full of the highs and lows we can all relate to, referencing a range of influences from early blues like Muddy Waters & Mississippi John Hurt, classic songwriters Tony Joe White & Tom Waits, through guitar heroes Jimmy Page & Rory Gallagher to more modern artists like Big Sugar & Grady, ultimately creating a style of his own.

His last album ‘What Good Am I To You’ (Listed in Classic Rock Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2010 & Single “Give Me Your Cash” top 40 songs of 2010) is the sound of North London blues. The 29-year-old was born and raised in a tiny flat to an English mother and an Italian father. Despite picking up the guitar for the first time at the age of 16 and being a self-taught guitarist he has already packed in plenty having worked as a sideman for artists such as PP Arnold, Joe Lewis Walker, The Selecter, Jimmy Carl Black, Hamish Stewart, Paddy Milner, Earl Thomas, and Findlay Brown. As well as touring opening for Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, Jack Bruce, Paul Jones, John Mayal, The Yardbirds, Walter Trout, Ian Siegal, Philip Sayce, Sonny Landreth and Beth Rowley.

Bonfanti and his 3 piece band featuring Scott Wiber (Bass) and Alex Reeves (Drums) have been playing shows up and down the country to promote the release of “What Good Am I To You?” his follow up to the acclaimed 2008 debut “Hard Times”. With appearances headlining The Bourbon Street Blues Stage at this years Glastonbury festival, a sold out show at Bush Hall for the inaugural London BluesFest as well as playing Texas’ prestigious South By South West festival last March, Bonfanti is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK live circuit with a fierce show either with band or solo earning him 2 nominations at this years British Blues Awards (Best Guitar & Best Male Vocals for the second year running).

Marcus also plays in the highly acclaimed rock band Saint Jude who are nominated for “Best New Band” at this year’s Classic Rock Awards and played the main stage at this years High Voltage festival as well as numerous other dates across the UK & Europe this summer. Bonfanti plays guitar for Northern Soul legend PP Arnold and is currently recording her new album with her as well as fronting The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion once a month at London’s prestigious venue.

Having learnt his trade playing 3 sets a night, 6 nights a week in bars around the country he is no stranger to live performing and it shows. The 2008 debut album, ‘Hard Times,’ set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard. ‘What Good Am I To You’ makes good on all those promises.

This year Marcus Bonfanti will be releasing an EP of new material that will only be available to buy on his forthcoming UK tour in November. There will also be a “Golden Ticket” in one of the CD cases giving the winner a free and exclusive Marcus Bonfanti gig in their house.