On Friday, September 6, Blanco White will be hitting the stage for the first show on his biggest tour to date. Blanco White is the solo project of Josh Edwards, a London native. Edwards had the chance to study the guitar in Spain and the charango in Bolivia, and he employs this study of traditional sounds in his folk tunes.
Blanco White’s music is the kind of music to listen to when you want to transport yourself to another world. His plain but warm vocal harmonies rise and fall with the melodic Andalusian guitar and Bolivian charango interludes, creating an hypnotizing atmosphere. His music evokes the very feeling he describes in his interview with The Culture Trip of the first time he saw flamenco performed live. It was in a small bar on the seafront of the ancient city of Cadiz, during his time living in the region for nine months in 2012-2013. His vocals are dramatic and captivating and raw, and capture the classical style of flamenco. He blends this carefully with folk and indie undertones to produce a sound that is full of magic, mystery, and the aura of living in a city ruled by the sea.
This mythical and dream-like sound was further inspired by his time in Bolivia, where he studied traditional Andean “música folklórica” and the charango, a small 10 stringed instrument that has a distinctly melancholy sound to it. His musical style is original, seamlessly blending Andalusian and Latin American sounds with Anglo-American folk, with a respectful hail to traditional music styles. Come out to see what’s going to be an amazing performance! Tickets are available here.
By Isabella Madrid
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