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HE has been christened the fleet-fingered prince of sparkling guitar pop.
And having had the chance to review one of Newton Faulkner's gigs several years ago, I can assure you he lives up to his grand title.
To celebrate the release of his new album, Studio Zoo, Newton will be doing a series of 10 gigs at stores across the UK.
Among them is a performance at Rise record store in Cheltenham's Beechwood Shopping Centre on Thursday.
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The dread-locked singer-songwriter first emerged on the music scene in 2007. A graduate of Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music, the then-22-year old from Surrey had a million-selling, number one hit with his debut album, Hand Built By Robots. Singles, Dream Catch Me and I Need Something were the festival sound of 2007 and 2008 and his innovative cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop helped him expand his fan base.
Faulkner was the feelgood man of the season, the summertime troubadour who brought the sing-along vibes.
But bizarrely, he only seems to get recognised when it's sunny outdoors.
"For some reason if it's raining it can't be me – but if the sun's shining, then it's definitely me," he told The Buzz.
"I passed this guy in the corridor – we must have passed each other hundreds of times – and then one day when it was really sunny he stopped me and said 'wait a minute, aren't you Newton Faulkner?'
"I don't know where this association with sun comes from, I sit in a room in east London watching the rain most of the time."
The father-of-one spent five weeks working on his new album at his flat in the capital and admits it was very much a labour of love.
"It was pretty much 24 hours a day and I had one day off a week to see my son.
"It was a really emotional thing, especially writing when you're tired.
"Computers can be very frustrating so I got angry and there were times where I would just sit in a chair crying with my head in my hands.
"It is stripped back yet full on too. In many respects this is the album I always wanted to make.
"I don't like it when it's all a bit too polished. On the album you can hear trains in the background, shouting in the corridor.
"I like that. Humans after all, make music and I think that element is being sucked out of the industry."
Entrance is by ticket only, which will be available by pre-ordering the new album in store. Jonathan Whiley