Discovery: Gus White

Gus White is a British folk singer compared favourably to Nick Drake and John Martyn who has captured out attention with new single Shaking Hand.

By Graeme Smith

Starting simply with acoustic guitar, Gus draws you slowly into his labyrinthine world with his almost whispered vocals. Then, a small explosion of percussion and strings brings Shaking Hand to life.

Since his debut in 2017, Wiltshire-born Gus has been picking up listeners among the fans of the previously mentioned Nick Drake and John Martyn, including the high-profile Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6. You can include York Calling among his fan list too. I detect a bit of similarity to Joanna Newsom in his arrangements. Check out Shaking Hand below.