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William The Conqueror
Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in the summer to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. After a summer of festivals, followed by a tour opening for Loose label-mates Danny & the Champions of the World, the band are now readying themselves for a run of headline shows.
The indie-rock three piece sees Ruarri joined by bassist Naomi Holmes and drummer Harry Harding, channelling classic blues and roots through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.
Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they made their mark at AmericanaFest in Nashville, signing to Loose, and going on to pick up a nomination at the UK Americana Awards 2017, where they shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson and Ethan Johns.
‘A mighty launchpad for what’s yet to come’
‘A thumping Southern rock and Americana grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes’
‘William The Conqueror is well and truly here to conquer if not the world, then certainly our hearts’
‘The kind of determination that can only end in glory’
‘It is a joy to behold a musician blessed with such a distinctive and unmistakable voice’
‘One of the year’s most intriguing and relevant releases’
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