2012 is witnessing some kind of natural, unforced blues revival and Marcus Bonfanti is front and centre of it. Both Bonfanti’s albums are full of the highs and lows we all know, referencing a cool range of influences from Tony Joe White to Led Zeppelin. But ultimately it’s his own style and ‘What Good Am I To You’ (Listed in Classic Rock Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2010 & Single “Give Me Your Cash” top 40 songs of 2010) is the sound of the North London blues. The 28-year-old was born and raised in London to an English mother and a ‘dangerously Italian’ father. Being a self-taught guitarist he has already packed in plenty having worked as a sideman for artists such as PP Arnold, Joe Lewis Walker, Jimmy Carl Black, Paddy Milner, Earl Thomas, and Findlay Brown.
Bonfanti and his 3 piece band featuring Scott Wiber (Bass) and Alex Reeves (Drums) have been playing shows up and down the country throughout 2010 to promote the release of “What Good Am I To You?” his follow up to the acclaimed 2008 debut “Hard Times”. With appearances at last years Glastonbury, Secret Garden, Hop Farm, Maryport, Downpatrick and Carlisle festivals, as well as playing the prestigious South By South West festival in March, Bonfanti is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK live circuit with a fierce show either with band or solo earning him 2 nominations at last years British Blues Awards (Best Male Vocals & Best Album).
Having learnt his trade playing 3 sets a night, 6 nights a week, he is no stranger to live performing and it shows. The 2008 debut album, ‘Hard Times,’ set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard. ‘What Good Am I To You’ makes good on all those promises.
This year Marcus Bonfanti will be releasing his third album and has already been confirmed for 3 shows at this years Glastonbury festival as well as numerous dates both in England and across Europe.
“Marcus Bonfanti deserves to become the next British blues guitar hero” The Guardian
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the claim that Marcus Bonfanti is, right here, right now, the best British Bluesman around” – Zeitgeist