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Having made a name for himself in South Yorkshire's bars and clubs as one of the regions most beloved singer-songwriters, James Taplin, 'The Voice' of bluesy-roots and acoustic rock & soul, is paving the way for a promising future ahead.

Lyrically, James invokes well-worn tales of yore, refocused through modern glasses, and reveals a place equal parts New Orleans street corner and Don Valley labour club. He paints a picture of the struggles of life for the working man, and how friendship, love, and heart, all work powerful miracles to bring joy and hope into our darkest days. James has been vocally captivating audiences across the country, evoking the timbre of B. B. King and Billy Joel, to the power of James Brown, with a spoonful of James Taylor's hypnotic resonance. James Taplin delivers a fresh response to what the UK music scene is urgently asking for, originality, with heaps of classic, profound songs.

James gigs relentlessly, as an original artist and a full-time musician he performs usually five or six times a week. A string of live dates across the country in 2016, playing festivals from Tramlines to Y-Not, secured James his second live performance on the critically acclaimed BBC Introducing Sheffield radio show with host Christian Carlisle, to talk about his upcoming CD and his recent career highlights. The 25th November 2016 saw the arrival of his self-released debut EP 'Dragging My Feet', and he is currently trying to limit his tax liability on their sales.

"James has a remarkable ability to write captivating songs which he backs up with an incredibly soulful voice and outstanding blues-rock guitar style. Personal favourite of mine and a genuinely lovely guy to boot." - Christian Carlisle / BBC Introducing

Listen to James in session at BBC Introducing Sheffield here:-

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Soul
  • Folk/pop
  • Blues
  • Americana
  • Roots
  • Rock
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We play these instruments:

  • Vocals
  • Harmonica
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Birthday Party
  • Private Party
  • Wedding
  • Festival
  • VIP Event
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    James Taplin Trio

    Don't use setlists, we rock and roll, we've got soul, we've got a bit of funk and a lot of folk. We mostly put down roots and try to steer things towards the Americana coast - definitely more county than western, more Nazareth than Nashville.

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