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  Bard Fest 2021 Thirteen
                        Moons James

James 2021 album, Thirteen Moons, is a journey of a lunar year
through thirteen singles out now on all major download and streaming platforms.

 "I'm already a fan of James' music, but I'm just listening to the new version of the '13 Moons' album and I must say it's a triumph." - Mr A. Fan

 "fine rock musicianship" - Music Eye

 "A cracking album, right up my street" - Folk Pilot

 "If you like acoustic music with interesting rhythms and narrative lyrics then this is for you." - Acoustic Nations

6th single: Rumi - for New Buck Moon

5th single: Still Lights Up The Rain - for New Strawberry Moon

4th single: Sea of Enrichment - for World Ocean Day

3rd single: Mothership - for New Pink Moon

2nd single: Breathing It In - for New Worm Moon

The 1st single Far Away From Home was released exclusively on iTunes with the album release following a week later on the very palendromic Chinese New Year of the Ox, New Snow Moon and a New Music Friday to boot  -  12/02/2021.

More on the Thirteen Moons album page.


Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter James Hollingsworth's often visionary songs are refreshingly inventive and accessible, drawn from his Folk-Blues roots, influenced by the likes of John Martyn, Roy Harper and Tim Buckley as well as Prog Rock, by turns delicately tranquil and then soaring with "hypnotic groove munching guitar space freak-outs - plus glorious songwriting within" (says The Wunder Bar). Steeped with ecological awareness, a rare hopefulness, warmly humorous undercurrents, and immaculate musicianship, he is a true exponent of the modern British singer/songwriter - "a real gem" say Monmouthshire Music.

James has a unique, exciting acoustic guitar style reminiscent of the Andalusian tradition, a superb and passionate singing voice with a mean harmonica style to boot, he's supported Nick Harper three times over the years, also Cara Dillon, Hazel O'Connor, Arthur Brown, Phil Beer, 60's legends It's a Beautiful Day and even Barry 'The Fish' Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish), who once said:

"It was truly a phenomenal experience hearing James Hollingsworth's music, I know now that the tradition of groundbreaking music is in good hands. Thank you, James – Barry Melton."

Thank you, Barry!

Since going full-time as a music professional in 2006, James has become an acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing regularly several times a week the length and breadth of the UK with bards and in bars, festivals and arts centres, honing his talents as an energetic and animated front man, making for a "captivating performance..." That was until the 2020 Pandemic started to change the live entertainments industry, possibly forever.

So Thirteen Moons was James' response to the lockdown, and for each of the thirteen consecutive New Moons in 2021-2022, James will promote one single from the album, including posting lyric and music videos. Each video in turn will be switched from searchable publically to unlisted thereafter only listed all in place on James' Patreon page for his subscribers (from £1 per month).

Meanwhile after some faffing behind the scenes James will resume regular Live streaming on various platforms, and creating MusicVideo Edits of the live streams first publishing publically then made just for his Patr(e)ons.

James is hoping to combine his performance experience with his studio adventures, also offering Guitar Tuition and regular posting of archive material, and so explore music turning drivetime into content creation time - and burn up less fuel to boot!

The plan is that Live Streams will also include a range of covers from James' repertoire, from classic upbeat Pop/Rock to obscure Folk and Blues, depending on the zeitgeist and mood - as well as Classic Progressive and Psyche Rock  including James' solo Pink Floyd Nights, as well as Psych Rock Nights and Rock Nights. Using state-of-the-art Live Looping, real percussion and effects.

Contact James about Guitar lessons via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or Whatsapp.

Loads more music on James' main YouTube Channel

               For James' musical journies into Live-Looping and beyond (!)
here's Adventures in Loopland

In early 2021 Ray Merriman interviewed James for his channel WTMS:

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A special occasional show celebrating the music of Pink Floyd, also featuring some of his own songs, James has been wowing audiences throughout the UK with this uniquely solo show, using modern Looping technology, with live percussion, voice and guitar effects to build complex arrangements in real time, no pre-recorded backing tracks are used! details

Click to see James performing 'One of these Days' at Bath Fringe Festival

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See James performing 'Some Say' at Cornbury Festival


"guitar wizard" - 5 Best gigs - The Independent

"Wonderful" - Bath Comedy Festival

"has to be seen..... and heard to be believed" – www.wunderbar.co.uk

"one of the weekend’s highlights." - Andy Read – Winters End Festival

"A popular visit, James' original tunes never fail to impress." - North Devon Gazette

"a true talent, refreshingly inventive and accessible." - The Queen's Head, Monmouth

"a real gem" - Monmouthshire Music

"rich vocals, excellent guitar and great humour" – Get Ready to Rock

"powerful lyrics, haunting melodies and refreshing onstage chat" - TSMRadio.net

"extraordinary vocal, genius guitar player, a consummate performer” - Seend Acoustic

“guitar maestro” - Ragged Trousered Folk, Hastings

"incredibly talented as a vocalist and guitarist." - www.newbristoljazz.co.uk

"amazing voice and a superb songwriter, guitarist and performer." - CICCIC, Taunton

"Guitar-Shaman & Sublime Songsmith" - Garden of Awen

“Amazing” - Visual Radio Arts


"I think you will love this CD from what must be one of the best song writers in the country."
- Bristol Rocks

"Honest, down to earth meaningful lyrics. The world needs more music like this."
- Folk Blues and Beyond

“a blissfully original sound." - Lemonrock

“If it wasn’t for the excellent production I’d believe that these tracks were recorded on a portable tape in a mountain forest in a single afternoon”- Dave Urwin, Live Music Scene

“a master of inflection, a major vocal+songwriting talent combination” - Van Casey

“James Hollingsworth is UNIQUE and dare I go out on a limb, I don't think he has an equal”
- Eden of Albuquerque

“Hollingsworth paints canvas with his songs, there is something almost visual about them”
- FATEA Records

“Powerful performances, distinctive songwriting, a prog-rock sensibility pared down to the acoustic... and perfect production. Brilliant!"

"He's an excellent and frenetic fingerpicker reminiscent of John Fahey." - Acoustic Music.

“His live vocals are better than many artists' studio vocals." - www.rambles.net

The only comparison I can readily make, is to the voice of Tim Buckley, and this is something I do not suggest glibly." - Woven Wheat Whispers

Limited Edition Hardback Linen CD's

Limited Edition vinyl-effect CD - housed in Linen Hardback Digipaks, with magnetic closure, in a choice of cream or red fine linen, or 'sand weft' coarse linen, enclosing a 7-page lyric art booklet. Every order gets a souvenir Thirteen Moons Ale Beermat - while they last!

£20 + £1.53 UK

(for overseas postage please visit Bandcamp)

Linen case ~ select one:

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Hand-scribed CD's in Standard Card Sleves

13 Moons

Unique hand-drawn copy of 'Thirteen Moons'
in plain card sleeve direct from James securely online with Paypal for

13 Moons album

13 Moons album


No frills CD with celtic knot ink-stamped sleeve (shown above) is also available for

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