Barns Courtney is a London singer-songwriter who has had BBC Introducing Playlisting as well dipping into the top 40 on the UK iTunes singles chart mainly off word of mouth. Courtney has announced a Cambridge show at The Portland Arms on February 3rd, tickets on sale here.
Barns’ dropped his first track ‘Glitter & Gold’ unceremoniously online in September. With its hybrid of gospel-blues, Westerns soundtrack, the marching hip hop of Kanye’s ‘Jesus Walks’, and Barns’ honey & sand delivery, ‘Glitter & Gold’ went to #1 on the UK Spotify Viral Chart, #2 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, added to the BBC Introducing Playlist, and clocked over two hundred thousand plays across Soundcloud and YouTube, all within the span of two whirlwind months.
Barnes’ ecstatic one-man acoustic guitar assault is meanwhile making waves on big stages. Already having supported the Libertines and Ed Sheeran on his North American tour earlier in the year, the young troubadour is set to support none other than The Who at Wembley Arena on February 13th as well as playing his own headline show the following week, February 18th at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen.
Indirect paths can be traced through Barnes’ backstory. Born in Ipswich, he spent most of his childhood living in Seattle before returning to his native UK aged 15. This change of scenery comes across as clearly in his eclectic mix of US blues-rock, hip-hop and grunge with British indie melodic sensibilities, as it does in his hybrid US-British twang. Following several musical projects straight out of school, he came across the radar of his hero Carl Barat who would give him a newfound break when the two ended up writing and recording together.
With a debut EP in the works for early next year, his first song offering lighting up charts across the board, early fans clambering for the identity of the unheralded yet fiery opener for Ed Sheeran and The Libertines, the journey of Barns Courtney is one well worth following.