Coley Garratt writes songs on the borderline, where Americana meets English Folk, and where instant melodies meet lingering notes.
He began playing guitar aged 19, and since then has dedicated himself to the tradition:
"Songwriting consumes far more of my time than is healthy. I have quite a logical brain, and writing songs, especially good songs, do not follow any logic, hence my fascination with the whole process. I think Leonard Cohen summed it up best when he said: “It’s much like the life of a Catholic nun; you’re married to a mystery”
After Uni he moved to London with a handful of terrible songs and started playing open mics. He started to write better songs and as a result got some solo gigs.
At one of these gigs he met Massimo, an Italian bass player brought to London by its vast music scene. Then after auditioning about 14,000 drummers they finally met Conor, a young Irishman fresh from one of the top drum schools in the UK. In 2013 they played gigs and recorded a debut album with some more musicians. They recently met Olivia on Keys, who came to London after completing a Jazz degree in Australia.
Played on BBC Introducing, and then handpicked by Tom Robinson to be on his main Saturday evening show, his debut recording received 8/10 on Americana-UK, the biggest website in the UK for Americana music:
‘His debut album is a very lovely thing indeed, crisp, sharp and beautifully put to together, it and he are one of the best finds of 2013. There is a wave of poignant, elegant lyrics to sooth an anxious mind, a swashbuckling swagger of a bloke hitting his stride and moreover some cracking tunes. Promoters and music fans alike, seek him, nobody will go disappointed’