‘Grit, Gravel and Gold’ is the debut album from Welsh multi-instrumentalist, James Jones. Described by Eamonn Holmes OBE as “a very talented man”, James merges classical and flamenco guitar styles with pop melodies over 13 tracks.
The Covid-19 pandemic saw James having to use creative methods to record his album, which features vocals from people all over the world, who recorded their tracks remotely. A true world music project, the album includes Nigerian singer Olawale, who won Project Fame West Africa, singing on ‘Never Forget’, ‘Christmas Passed’, ‘Superstar’, and ‘Fly High’.
Additionally, Czech Republic artist, Koralina, sings on ‘Gypsy Boy’, a tale of star crossed lovers. Considering James himself is still only 21 years old, it’s an album of incredible quality and a showcase of the immense talent of all involved.
James Jones has supported iconic folk artist, Dave Swarbrick, opening for the legendary fiddle player when he was a mere 15 years old. He has since performed as a soloist at BBC Proms In The Park, as well as a number of television appearances, including on MTV.