City Hall Salisbury, Wednesday 8 June, 7.30pm
Plus Special Guest Meilyr Jones
IT’S been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John and Hercules & Love Affair.
The fact he subsequently won a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like some fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris.
Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with a symphony orchestra followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.
John Grant could be the most disarmingly honest, caustic, profound and funny diarist of the human condition in the persistently testing, even tragic, era that is the 21st century. His latest album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure received across-the-board rave reviews and entered the UK album charts at Number 5 “I do think the album’s great, and I’m really proud of it,” he says.
Ongoing health issues – not least of which handling his HIV Positive status – Grant still manages to keep fighting the good fight, writing his way out of trouble with another fantastic record.
“I want to continue to challenge myself,” he said. “To keep collaborating, to get the sound or the direction that will take me where I need to go. To keep taking the bull by the horns.”
Tickets can be purchased from City Hall box office on 01722 434434 or from cityhallsalisbury.co.uk.