Rodney Branigan - 'A First Class US Import'
Americana Folk Roots with virtuoso presentation, with a touch of clean comedy thrown in for good measure. Rodney's style is trademarked as 'Full Contact Folk Music'
Music in the Branigan family dates back to 1950's America; when his great uncle was in the Texas wireless band the KYOB Cowboys; Lefty Frizzel's session band. Later again in the 80's Rodney's cousin was the worlds biggest selling female artist!
When Rodney was 10 his dad introduced him to the guitar and his early childhood influence was Stevie Ray Vaughan. As a restless and creative spirit, Rodney soon found out that any time he got grounded for causing a ruckus, he got to play his guitar without any interruptions. So, he found all sorts of creative ways to get himself grounded and reunited with his guitar. So much so, that music-obsessed Rodney penned a letter to his boyhood girlfriend, letting her know, gently, that he needed more time to practice!
Not long after, Rodney was making his way through music venues across Texas, astonishing the crowds with his particular blend of country music. To hone his performance chops Rodney starts a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, and corralls the only flamenco guitarist in town, Moses Morin, to be his partner on another side project.
Equally gifted in science and maths, Rodney eschewed the field of engineering and opted to hit the road, touring in his RV with his trusty companion, a German Shepherd name "Asta".
While on the road, Rodney was discovered by "Mischa" Hedges, the son of late guitar pioneer Michal Hedges. "Mischa" recognised his father's influence in Rodney's playing and made a video of the talented Texan.
Rodney's touring circle expanded, as he started getting more and more invitations to perform in venues like the Whiskey a Go Go and The Cat Club in LA, where he met bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, Sons of Apollo) and the two became friends. This led to Rodney opening for Billy at the NAMM show, where a chance meeting with Yamaha Guitars landed Rodney an endorsement deal with the global music giant.
Shortly after, Rodney found himself at another expo, the Music Messe in Germany, where an introduction to Marco Mendozo, led to another key brand partnership, this time with D'Addario Strings, which gave Rodney new avenues to expand his acoustic guitar sound.
A talented songwriter, Rodney was offered a position at EMI in Nashville, co-writing with Dave Loggins, who penned hit tunes for Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus, Don Williams, Kenny Loggins, and many others.
Sooner or later the road started calling Rodney back, he is booked to headline a festival across the pond, at Hampton Court Palace UK...and never left! Besides criss-crossing the island, Rodney is booked on tours in Asia, Africa, and Europe. A short tour of China allows him to perform in the Forbidden City, having fun jamming with artists from Mongolia (that turns into an international record deal opportunity, which Rodney politely declines).
Landing in India, Rodney is the first international artist to perform at Naila Bagh Palace in Jaipur, where he collaborates with Rajasthani folks musicians, Kutle Khan (Kutle Khan Project) and Reis Khan (Barmer Boys). In Mumbai, Rodney is invited to perform at various festivals, including an opening slot for Pentogram, India's biggest rock band. Rodney has had many happy returns to India, touring with Mixtape and Krunk, playing the main stage at Sulafest, collaborating with Indian award winning music producer & guitarist Randolph Correia, and many other experiences. Rodney is ready to recreate as soon as conditions allow. So, India: "look out he'll be back as soon as he can!"
In 2016 Rodney was invited to the most prestigious guitar festival in Europe; 'Les Nuits de la Guitare de Patrimonio' where he opens for legendary French singer and guitarist, Francis Cabrel. The impressed festival director dubs Rodney 'The Discovery of Patrimonio'.
In 2018 Rodney catches the attention of Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis who offers Rodney to headline the Glastonbury Extravaganza (the very next day!) at Glastonbury Abbey. It is a double bill alongside Tom Odell. The response is immediate and Rodney lands a spot on the coveted, at the Glastonbury festival Acoustic Stage. Rodney performs to a seam-splitting and fully crowded tent and the show goes down like a storm.
“Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he is unique, but rather because he is impossibly talented” Music Connection Magazine
His reputation as an outstanding live performer has led to turns supporting or collaborating with the likes of Jack Johnson, Billy Sheehan, G.Love & Special Sauce, Cross Canadian Rag Weed, Kelly Willis, Dick Dale, Gangsta Grass, Slim Jim Phantom, BoDidley, Bad Finger, Alabama 3, Stereo Phonics, Billy Bragg, Albert Lee, Andy McKee, Preston Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Tom Robinson, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, Nick Harper, Frances Cabrel, Temper Trap, (India) Pentogram, Shaiir 'n' func, Angelique Kidja, Talvin Singh, Nibs Van Der Spuy.
Co-written with: Dave Loggins (Nashville) - Nick Reynolds AKA Harpo StrangeLove (Alabama 3) - Jon Allen (UK) - Nibs van der Spuy (South Africa) - John Pointer (The House Jacks - Austen, Texas) - Tim Snider (Nahko & Medicine for the People -Reno, Nevada) - Randolph Correia (India's award winning song -writer/producer/musician)
Festival appearances at:
Glastonbury Festival - Acoustic Stage 2019 Glasto Extravaganza - double headliner w/Tom Odell 2018
WOMAD, Celtic Connections-Scotland, Folk East, Acoustic Festival of Britain, Broadstairs Folk Week, Chagstock, Blues on the Farm, ANewDay, Weyfest, Strawberry Fair, Strummerville, Trowbridge Village Pump, The Big Green Gathering, Kendal Calling, Croissant Neuf Summer Party, Farmer Phil's, Small World, Cambridge Rocks, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Big Wheel Blues Festival, Beautiful Days, Bimble Bandada, Maui Waui, LemonFest, SEend Festival, Folkestone Triennial, Kingston Green Fair, Bearded Theory, Behind the Castle, Somerset CiderMooz Fest, Abbotsbury, The Ely Folk Festival, Frome Festival, Bradford Roots Fest, Dart Fest, Curzon Festival, Songs from the Shed Festival, Kingsbridge Music Festival, Rudry Festival, StokeFest, Manifest, Bristol Folk Festival, North Dorset Folk Festival, The Northern Green Gathering, SouthWest Outdoor Festival, Cheltenham Guitar Festival, The Great British Guitar Show, London Acoustic Guitar Show, Birmingham Guitar Show, Bute Guitar Festival, Edinburgh Guitar Festival, Snowdon Fest, Celtic Blue Rock, Cnwy Castle, Sonic Rocks, Beach Break Live, Green Man, GlasDenbury, Rudry Festival, Green Valley Fest, Festival of the Celts, Merchant City Festival-Scotland.
This year you can see Rodney at Out of the Ordinary Festival, Ely Folk Fest, Gateway to Southwell, Salcombe Live & The Armchair Adventure Festival....
INDIA - The Ladakh Confluence, Sula Fest, India Bike Week Fest, Bandre Festival, Festival Alibaug, Global ISAI Festival, SOUTH AFRICA - Splashy Fen Festival. HONG KONG - Clockenflapp Festival. CORSICA - 'Les Nuit de las Guitare de Patrimonio' Festival. ITALY - 'ArtistsiinPiazza' Pennabilli, Albenga Festival. IBIZA - Costa del Folk. IRELAND - Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - headliner. DENMARK - Copenhagen Guitar Festival. USA - 24hr Film Festival Alberqueruee, New Mexico Film Festival, NAMM Show California for Yamaha Guitars. SWITZERLAND - Buskers Bern. SWEDEN - Fuzz Guitar Show. GERMANY - Music Messe - Acoustic Stage for Yamaha Guitars & D'addario Strings. ESTONIA - International Guitar Festival - Judge and performer - Vilnius, Lithuania. BULGARIA - Plovdiv Guitar Festival. SRI LANKA - Moving Out Festival - artist in residence.