Denis Jones is a self-taught guitarist and songwriter from Lancashire, UK. Having begun his musical life as a singer-songwriter in the classic UK mould of the likes of John Martyn, he has over the last three years developed a show-stopping live performance based around the core of his exceptional and unique guitar-playing style and rich, soulful voice. Utilising a loop station and all manner of samplers and effects, Denis creates vast, complex orchestrations of beat-box rhythms, multi-layered vocals and other-wordly sounds which veer from subtle heart-wrenching folk and blues to heavy bass-driven electronica.
Denis has collaborated with many high profile artists from all over Europe. He has worked with John Ellis and Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), Jon Thorne (Lamb), Matt Halsall (Gondwana Records) and Henry Da Massa (Micah P Hinson), all of whom appear on Denis’s recordings. He has played as far afield as Lithuania, Georgia and Croatia, as well as festival shows in the UK including Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, End of The Road, Great Escape, Big Chill and Futuresonic. He has supported Amp Fiddler at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Efterklang at Bush Hall, Chris Corsano, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid and many more.
His performance at Futuresonic in May 2008 resulted in an invitation for Denis to be the inaugural member of the new Futuresonic artist development program, FuturesFamily, which culminated in a specially curated performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 2009’s Futuresonic festival alongside Murcof and Johann Johannsson.
Denis’s debut album, Humdrum Virtue, was released in 2007 in a unique limited edition industrial packaging, designed by Denis himself, selling out rapidly and leading to the re-issue of the album in a slightly more conventional, but still striking packaging. Tracks from the album have been included on compilations in Europe and Canada. A second album, "Red Yellow=" is complete and will be released later in 2010, preceded by an EP including remixes by Graham Massey (808 State) and Paddy Steer (Homelife).
“scuzzy Mancunian blues at it’s richest and, most intriguing" The Guardian
“logical, eardrum-massaging, heart-stirring sonic harmony” Drowned In Sound
“There’s something about his willingness to experiment, his bravery and
risk-taking that makes him stand slightly aside from the now dissolving world of folktronica” Boomkat.