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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce that Paul Simon will close the festival on Sunday 15th July,
Joining the bill as special guests are James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt.
As half of the legendary duo, Simon & Garfunkel, he was one of the most influential songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Paul continued to forge a successful solo career in the 80s, and released the ground-breaking album Graceland, which won a Grammy, and helped popularise the world music genre. His prolific solo career continues, with more than ten studio albums to date. In 2000 he was inducted to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for a second time to recognise his work as a solo artist, and in 2006, Time Magazine called him one of the '100 people who shape our world'.
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James Taylor is one of those rare multi talented individuals, a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist that combines an amazing voice, with the ability to put words together that mold into poignant songs that touch souls. His music-writing career, which started in the mid-60s, mirrors our lives and times and reflects his passion for music that has had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers of all generations.
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Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music – a ten-time Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with tens of millions of albums sold worldwide, she has undeniably changed the landscape of soul, rock, and blues. She is also a passionate activist and supporter of causes ranging from the anti-nuclear movement to youth music programs.
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Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit are unsurprisingly fronted by Johnny Flynn, an actor, poet and songwriter who cites W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare among his influences. He is the half-brother of Jerome Flynn, of 'Game of Thrones' and Robson and Jerome fame. But don't go expecting covers of 'Unchained Melody' from this Flynn. Johnny plays nimble-fingered, folk-soaked-blues.
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'You may think you know Tom Chaplin. His soaring, emotional voice lay at the centre of Keane, the anthemic, multi-million selling British band who scored 5 number one albums between 2004 and 2013, delivering such unforgettable hits as Everybody’s Changing, Is It Any Wonder? and Somewhere Only We Know. Now, Tom Chaplin returns with his extraordinary solo debut The Wave, a self-penned album revealing the real man behind the songs. It is a journey from utter despair to redemption, love and self-acceptance, told with enormous, emotional pop music. The voice is the same. The songs tell a whole new story.'
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Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (who have been singing harmonies together since childhood) have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the sounds of Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a Canadian cousin in their early teens. With one listen to their vocal cadences and close harmonies, soon Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.
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Shawn Colvin's career began in Texas in the 1970s. She has gone on to win three Grammy Awards, including two for the hit single 'Sunny Came Home', and has been nominated for another seven. Over the course of her career, she has released 10 albums, maintained a non-stop touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures and created a remarkable canon of work. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.
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Callaghan started writing songs in her teens and moved to London at the age of eighteen to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer-songwriter. She has developed her own unique style of acoustic folk/country which has proved to be a big hit both in Europe and in the States. She plays piano and guitar and who has been favourably compared with Emmylou Harris and Sarah MacLachlan.
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Led by Samuel Ford (guitar/vocals) – and joined by Harry Phillips (guitar/backing vocals), Nick Holbeck (keys/backing vocals), Dan Webb (drums) and Andy Leishman (bass) – Night Flight are a five piece alternative band from London who are expected to make a big impact.
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Sarah Darling is an American country music singer / songwriter who first rose to fame when she was a top-three finalist on E! Entertainment Television's reality show The Entertainer. Sarah is sure to take you on whimsical ride through songs about stars, and when cowboys used to ride away into the West. She calls her sound 'Dream Country'.
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Quirky folk with an indie twist from Manchester-based Californian Hoop. A startling singer of complicated folk melodies that beguile with their lightness of touch.
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South London Indie-Country three-piece Blueprint Blue are ex SCUM members Huw Webb (bass) and and Melissa Rigby (drums) joined by Elliot Hayward on vocals and guitar. Formed in 2013, united by a love of The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne, their manifesto is simple; beautifully crafted melodies, heartfelt story telling and a classic authentic sound. They have been championed by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and James Hoare of Ultimate Painting, as well as receiving UK and international airplay and coverage. Discovered by Mairead Nash, manager of Florence and the Machine, who asked the band to play at her wedding, then promptly signed them to her Luv Luv Luv label.
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