Gary Hurlstone | Smile: The Ballad of Dave & Jean

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Smile: The Ballad of Dave & Jean

by Gary Hurlstone

Alt Folk song about the love affair between iconic British photographer, David Bailey and model, Jean Shrimpton with contributions from Peter & Tony Sherr, mixed and mastered in New York where the backdrop for the song is also set.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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When I was a tousle haired 15yr old, I listened to a guy I had never heard of play a song I did not know. He inspired me. It got me started. His name was Bert Jansch. The song was called 'Anji.' I started out as a bass player but had aspirations to play the acoustic guitar as well as Bert - my first guitar hero and an inspiration for many.

​I have written many songs, held publishing contracts with the Gem Toby Organisation [GTO] in London and my work has been recorded by other artists and appears on several albums. My influences include John Martyn, The Blue Nile, Stephen Stills, Pete Townsend, Martin Carthy, The Weepies and of course, Bert Jansch. During my career I have been involved with rock, jazz, folk, Cajun, fusion, experimental and just about everything in between. My music draws from all of these styles.

I am a singer/songwriter and guitar player who enjoys working with musicians from different backgrounds and cultures. I have performed at many venues across China, my home until 2015 in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Lhasa.

My collaborations include a television appearance with Cai Yayi (Cai Yayi won the first prize in the Folk Song Solo Category in the Llangollen Internationa Musical Eisteddfod 2010), and appearances with Song Yuzhe (Dawanngang), Li Daiguo, Wang Xiao, FM3 and the talented Mongolian musician, Hugejiletu (Ajinai). In addition I have worked with tribal musicians in Mindanao, Philippines.

I have held held publishing contracts with the Gem Toby Organisation [GTO] in London and my songs have been recorded by other artists and appear on several albums. His first solo album, I am currently (2018/19) writing songs for a Chinese publishing company and also collaborating with Tony Scherr and Peter Scherr in New York.

In a varied and colourful career I have busked on the Chinese underground, been banned from playing festivals by the PRC Communist Party, sang at the opening of a Kitchen Appliance Shop and appeared second on the bill to a singing dog!

Novelist Jack Kerouac once famously said that the only people for him were the ones who never said a commonplace thing. Gary Hurlstone, is Jack Kerouac’s kind of guy.
Kevin McGeary review Nanfang

"Pretty awesome stuff. It’s beautiful world music. Seriously, I love this."
(Beijing Daze Review)



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