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Gary Hall

Gary Hall was born and raised in the north of England. He released his first album, Garage Heart for Run River Records in 1989 to much critical acclaim. This culminated in being voted the second best album of the year in Folk Roots’ end of year poll. However, being sandwiched between Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy and The Healer by John Lee Hooker, Hall was (very) content with second place. After an extensive European tour to promote the record with his backing band The Stormkeepers, Wide Open to the World was released in 1991 to more critical acclaim and an ever-growing live fan base.

In 1993 Hall disbanded the Stormkeepers and relocated to America where he made two solo albums in Nashville for Round Tower Records. What Goes Around was released in 1993 and Twelve Strings & Tall Stories in 1996, the latter being described by renowned British music journalist John Tobler as ‘an album containing one classic after another’.
Hall reformed The Stormkeepers in 1997 and signed a deal with Scottish roots label Goldrush Music for the album Return to the Flame and hit the road once again, sharing the stage along the way with songwriters the calibre of John Prine, Guy Clark and Texas legend Townes Van Zandt. He finally hung up his travellin’ shoes at the end of 1999 and settled back in England to establish his Voodoo Rooms studio to produce up and coming singer/songwriters.

That Old Brand New is the first Gary Hall solo album in 15 years. The album was co-produced by Hall and Ian Bailey at the Voodoo Rooms during the autumn of 2011. That Old Brand New contains 11 songs featuring a mixture of old favourites Hall wrote during his Stormkeepers days (which have been stripped down to their bare bones) and a handful of brand new songs inspired by his recent move to the South Shropshire Hills. The musicians who grace this album with their presence are the same cutting crew that Hall has worked with in the studio for over a decade. The end result is an acoustic rock ‘n’ roots record, which incorporates all the best elements of folk, blues and Americana music wrapped up in a rich, dry and intimate production.