Guillemots man plays intimate castle concert

Fyfe Dangerfield.
Fyfe Dangerfield.

It’s not everyday that music-lovers get to see an artist perform in the intimacy of an unplugged-style concert setting, but fans of the band Guillemots will get that chance on Sunday.

The band’s frontman, Fyfe Dangerfield, will be playing a rare solo show at the National Trust’s Lindisfarne Castle.

Classically-trained, Birmingham-born Fyfe Dangerfield, formed Guillemots after relocating to London in 2004 following a stint in John Peel-approved teenage band Senseless Prayer.

There he met Scottish drummer Greig Stewart, Brazilian guitarist Magrão, and Chinese/Japanese/Canadian/British double-bassist Aristazabal.

Guillemots quickly rose to national attention with their Mercury-nominated 2006 debut Through The Windowpane. It rapidly went into the Top 20 and their 2008 follow-up Red eased into the Top 10.

In 2010, Fyfe took time out between Guillemots albums to produce his debut solo album Fly Yellow Moon and the attendant Top 10 single, an understated cover of Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman, which featured on an award-winning TV advert for John Lewis.

“Doing stuff outside of the band is healthy – even if just to help you appreciate all the more how amazing the band you have actually is,” Fyfe said.

“I think in Guillemots we’re known for using a lot of different sounds in our music, so when I had some time to myself to do some recording, I quite liked the challenge of aiming for real singer/songwriter simplicity: Just voice, guitar, piano, maybe some drums.”

It is this stripped-back style of performance that lucky concert-goers can see on Sunday.

Claire Ashby, Lindisfarne Castle’s visitor experience manager, said: “It promises to be an amazing evening. There are only 30 seats available and the set-up will be really simple – just Fyfe and a guitar and perhaps a keyboard – a great opportunity in an amazing venue.”

Booking is essential and tickets, which cost £30, can be obtained by calling Lindisfarne Castle on 01289 389244.