Blair’s flair for folk

Blair Dunlop
Blair Dunlop

The latest EP by young folk star Blair Dunlop entitled “Bags Outside the Door” is a charming listen that can easily captivate the listener.

The Chesterfield-born teenager’s latest work shows charisma that suggests he is wise beyond his years, certainly as far as music is concerned.

The 19-year-old son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings delivers a voice to be admired, hitting the notes perfectly and showing he can tell a story with class, notably in his cover of Flandyke Shore, the EP’s final track.

The opener is the orginal Billy In The Low Ground, and it highlights Blair’s creativity and imagination, telling the story of a boy who, despite not having an academic mind, makes up for it with his genius ability to play the guitar, and each note that is sung or played is vital to the song.

Some of his songs, like Fallout, dwell slightly on repetition, but each have their moments, and every song brings something unique to the EP.

Outside of music, Blair is probably best known for his portrayal of the young Willy Wonka in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and he has also acted in theatre, starring in a production of Lark Rise last autumn.

He recently performed at the Fairport’s Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire, playing the same day as reggae icons UB40, and has played festivals in the past such as The Big Session and the Towersey Village Festival.

He will be playing at the Parish Centre Stonegravels, at Chesterfield, on September 10.