FLAMENCO THIEF (UK) in Timisoara la Tam Tam

16 August 2014
Sambata, ora 21.32
la Tam Tam
(fosta Banatim - intrare de pe str. 1 Decembrie)

...flamenco... ...gipsy-jazz... ...rumba... ...ska...

(Bristol, Marea Britanie)
“…he’s making waves with his original and lively sound” – Londonist      
“Amazing music” – Creative Boom 
“National demand will soon lure Craig away from our humble local venues.” – The Bath Chronicle
Craig Sutton, better known as The Flamenco Thief, delivers a unique blend of gypsy-jazz, rumba and ska fused together with intricate Flamenco guitar techniques.
During live performances the English solo-guitarist uses the body of his guitar as a percussive instrument, and with a loop station layers metronomic hip-hop beats to get audiences dancing.
With the goal of performing 250 concerts in just ten months, The Flamenco Thief, aka Craig Sutton, is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most recognizable artists within the underground DIY music scene.
By the end of 2014 the English guitarist will have travelled to 40 countries, playing festivals including Germany’s Fusion Festival, England’s Farmfest and Morocco’s TanJazz Festival, as well as countless venues; from the Baltic down to the Balkans.
While Craig uses traditional flamenco guitar techniques, he is best known for working with a loop station to blend blend gypsy swing with rumba, ska and hip-hop during his energetic live performances.
Last year he was championed by the BBC and NME in England and he has gone on to perform on radio stations in England, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Lithuania as well as to a live audience on Bulgarian national television.
A truly unique musician, Craig’s success is even more admirable considering he is an unsigned artist.

Craig Sutton, better known as The Flamenco Thief, is an English guitarist whose phenomenal rise within the DIY music scene has seen him become one of the busiest touring artists in the country.
Specializing in fast rhythmic guitar playing Craig has earned a reputation for mesmerising live performances in which he uses a Spanish acoustic guitar with the Boss RC loop pedal to blend modern rhythms with time-honoured Flamenco techniques.
A particularly resourceful musician, Craig also utilizes the guitar as a percussive instrument, layering metronomic hip-hop beats by carefully beating the body; creating a unique energy that few solo instrumentalists manage to achieve.
Craig’s early influences of ska, hip-hop and gypsy swing are evident throughout his music, helping him craft a catalogue of songs that are intelligent but accessible.
Craig’s compositions revere Flamenco’s heritage while embracing music technology, and as a result each song is delicately poised between the classical and contemporary.
His eponymous debut six-track EP was released in the UK in 2011 and quickly gained recognition from the likes of the BBC and NME, both of which have gone on to endorse the artist.
The album, Liberating Parts of the Cosmos, was released in 2013 and supported by a three month European tour, spanning 17 countries.
In 2014 The Flamenco Thief is back on the road strengthening his status as one of the hardest working musicians in the business with the goal of performing 250 concerts across 40 countries in just ten months.