William Bishop

Sounds likeLeonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave

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Having a background in classical literature and poetry, music became second nature to Will Bishop, despite being a reserved individual, he has gone against the odds performing regularly at music venues writing music, a far cry from his private school upbringing. William John Bishop is classically trained as a cellist and double bassist, learning acoustic guitar as a teenager out of a desire to move away from his classical training and schooling. Influences include Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Will writes on guitar and piano.

As performing is something that appeals to him the most he believes that you shouldn't let the opinions of others interfere with whether or not you want to make music. His performances have been used as part of the degree courses at The University of York department of film, media and television.

William Bishop has a simple acoustic approach to his music, and his sound is somewhere between Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. His vibe is melancholy while his vocals are strong, capturing the mood of his lyrical content while his hands slide up and down the neck of his acoustic guitar, bringing it and his music to life. These songs demand your full attention to catch all the nuances of his words and music, but the payoff is rich indeed. Put this one on when you have the time to truly listen, and you’ll walk away a better person.

There is a melancholy about his songs and delivery. I’ll avoid the obvious references. There’s a harsh honesty about his lyrics - the simplistic sound enhances the depth of the story. It’s definitely for a niche audience.

His new album is to be released later on this year and William is currently touring folk clubs in the UK Ireland, Scotland and Wales as a way to rediscover his own musical background.

William's music has had a number of endorsements, including:

Really interesting vocal performance. I've not heard anything like it.'
- TRYB Management

'Powerful delivery of lyrics. Abstract but in a good way. The songs
lyrics were deep.’
- Eric McLellan (Warner Brothers Records)

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Address York, UK,
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