About Gavin Chappell-Bates
Gavin’s musical journey started with a junior school project on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which began a lifelong love affair with The Beatles and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by two friends, one who could play like Hendrix at the age of 9 and the other who was already writing McCartney-esque-songs, Gavin picked up a guitar and, after a few early lessons with Ezio’s Booga, began teaching himself to play.
Rock ‘n’ roll soon progressed into rock music and an adoration for Aerosmith, especially the guitar playing of Joe Perry. But it was the first time that Gavin played a 7” of Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers that his musical path was forged. Leant the record by his sister having seen this unique and mesmerising band performing on TV the night before, Gavin knew that, as he listened to the song, this would be his favourite band for the rest of his life. After this Gavin began to write songs and learned how to sing. He has been constantly improving and evolving ever since.
|09 Jul 2017||St. Ives, UK St. Ives Carnival and Music Festival||St. Ives Carnival and Music Festival||free|
|22 Jul 2017||Cambridge, UK The Cornerhouse||The Cornerhouse||free|
|23 Sep 2017||Cambridge, UK Subterranean Festival||Subterranean Festival||Buy ticket - £15|
What the press says…
Unapologetic and uplifting pop-rock… these honest and accessible tracks are going to put a smile on your face…Never Enough Notes
This is an intelligent and very accessible album from a hugely talented musician and singer. Well worth a listen…. 4/5Black Velvet Magazine
…bursting with melodies, strong sounds and brilliant moments…Mixtape Couture
A rousing and contagious slice of sound… Chappell-Bates knows how to write pop and rock songs which simply stir attention…Ringmaster Review
(Gavin created)… a multi-layered texture of sound, all from the acoustic guitar, voice and simple percussion. Impressive indeed.Cambridge Reviews
(We Are The Ones) could be a festival anthem if given the chance with its subtle simplicity weaving its way under your skin.Tom Sayer
He had me wanting to sing along… I was captivated by his performance…Scorpio Promotions
…when the air-punching chorus kicks in with “I wanna be back in ’95”, it’s hard not to be carried along on the good vibes.R*E*P*E*A*T