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Connor is one of the brightest talents on the UK blues scene. He has been voted “Young Artist of theYear” at the UK Blues Awards for the last three consecutive years (2020, 2021, 2022). He has animpressive venue checklist, including Wembley Stadium, where he opened for The Who in July 2019and has since gone on to play Hyde Park, London, on a bill with Pearl Jam, Stereophonics and Johnny Marr in the summer of 2022.
Raised in an Essex village, he has trodden a path less travelled. From early years in Connecticut, USA, as a young child to Dubai, UAE, aged ten to fourteen, and Essex either side, with those young eyes soaked up the travels and the changes passing him by.
One thing that kept with him was his burgeoning love of American roots music. “I got interested in not just the music itself but the history and everything around it,” he says. “I love the directness, the simplicity and earthiness of it,” he adds. “I love really how down-to-earth; it is both lyrically and musically. I think with the blues, it’s fundamentally about very basic human emotions. Things like sorrow and pride and exploring the way we deal with everyday situations and problems.”
As a teenager, he devoured the music of Eric Clapton and Ray Charles – “Ray completely reshaped me as a person and the way I thought about music.” But he also draws influence from old Delta records to soul artists like Sam Cooke, Bill Withers and the Stax sound to Jazz singers such as Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra as well as singer-songwriters; Van Morrison, Townes van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and contemporary artists like Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones and Foy Vance.
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