A Little History....
MOJO – “He’s Exceptional” Classic Rock – “A refreshing whiff of anarchy” Louder Than War - "Unique talent and Creative Genius"
RICK WAKEMAN – “A very rare talent”
“A truly unique and rare talent” proclaims Rick Wakeman upon presenting Tensheds with the House Of Lords Discretional Rock Award, at a ceremony held at the prestigious London location. This recognition of the highest order came after the release of his 3rd - and most ambitious album ‘The Dandy Pink Prince’. A gritty Alternative Blues record, recorded entirely on his near 200 year old grand piano.
Praise didn’t stop there for musical shapeshifting Tensheds, with Classic Rock declaring “You’ll Believe His Hype” and Vive Le Rock, Louder Than War & Penny Black Music hailing him a “Creative Genius”.
Tensheds has been captivating audiences since the release of his debut studio album Crazy Beautiful back in 2010. His unmistakable unique style and rare ability to blend gritty alternative blues with soft tender ballads has won him fans far and wide as well as numerous awards, critical acclaim and even an invitation to open the Isle Of Wight Festival.
A true innovator and a relentless pusher of boundaries, the multi-instrumentalists absolute refusal to pigeonhole his music sees him constantly evolving. Producing all his records himself and forever exploring ways to bring the piano into the 21st Century, while blending his gritty punk blues with elements of his classical heritage – having trained as a classical pianist at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music.
Tensheds real magic lies in his live performances. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills, deftly delivers his brand of gritty, edgy alternative blues. Honing his craft in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road. A true road dog, so much so that when the legendary Hazel O’Connor offered him 5 full UK tours supporting her, he actually moved into a campervan for the next 2 years to make it happen. He has since gone on to supports artists such as: John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Jeffrey Lewis, Blockheads, Spear Of Destiny, Paul Kelly, Manfred Mann, and not forgetting a recent tour with Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos and his up-coming 27 date winter tour supporting cult folk hero Beans On Toast.
When he’s not wowing audiences as Tensheds he is also full-time keyboard player with Beans On Toast and garage rockers Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind. This year alone has seen him play nearly 200 shows as well as making his Glastonbury debut, fittingly performing 10 shows. The highlight of which was his performance on the Greenpeace Stage to a packed out field, with Frank Turner watching in the wings, declaring this is “Fucking Incredible”.
Over the year Tensheds has picked up numerous awards, including the PRS UK Unsigned Artists of the Year and Celtic Connections festival Award. H e also holds the Word Record for Most Gigs Performed in 24 Hours – playing 8 cities in 24 hours to raising money for the Railway Children charity.
It’s no wonder Tensheds has been labelled ‘Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits love child’.
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