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James meets Brian Eno

James met Brian Eno at the BBC Music John Peel Lecture in London last weekend. Brian chose 'Whatever Happened to John' as his curators choice for the Noise festival last year. 

Live Session on BBC Manchester

James was live on BBC Manchester Introducing with Michelle Hussey and Natalie Eve Williams. Listen to the show here: BBC Manchester Introducing


Brian Eno has selected one of James' songs for his Noise Festival 2014 Curators Choice.


'Whatever Happened to John' described as "Brisk, funny, exciting. Great drumming. This track feels fresh and exciting to listen to" - Brian Eno - Noise Festival Music Curator


'I thought you were crying' has also been awarded 'Outstanding' by Noise Festival


James was invited to the Noise Festival launch at the Houses of Parliament.

Jul 2015

James' EP 'In The Face Of It All' is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and other streaming platforms.

May 2015

James song 'The Lost Boy No More' has been included in 'Fresh on the Net's 'Fresh Faves'. See the write up here

APR 2015

'Alone Again and always' was played on BBC Manchester Introducing. Listen to the show here

MAR 2015

James EP 'In the Face of it All' out now, available from this website and record stores. Download available from Bandcamp.


Launch show at the Kings Arms was a sell out! Great night! See the photos on the gallery page.

Feb 2015

James plays live on Fab Radio International.


Live interview on Bolton FM. 1st hour, 2nd hour


All FM play James songs

JAN 2015

James is played on All FM and BBC Manchester Introducing.

DEC 2014

James is featured in the circle of song writer show on FAB Radio International. He was also a guest on Mogs Christmas show on All FM.


James plays live on All FM, listen here SITSOL with James Holt & Mog. Including the exclusive first play of his new song "The Lost Boy No More".


James has also been featured live on Bolton FM

NOV 2014

James has a week long residency at Manchester Central Library on the 'Chaos to Order' project with Everything Everything. Manchester Central Library 10-15 Nov. Chaos to Order Manchester Central Library


James has reached the second round of the The Big Music Project Competition. He will perform at the regional showcase at The Black E, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool on 19th Nov. The Big Music Project


OCT 2014

all fm 96.9 played 'Whatever Happened to John' on their 'Standing In the Shadows of Lev' show on Saturday 11th.

SEP 2014

Mike Sweeney has played 'Whatever Happened to John' on his BBC Manchester morning show. He says "love the rockabilly thing", "rootsy rock n roll", "cracking tune". -


'Whatever Happened To John' has been played on BBC Manchester Introducing. "Very talented, very wonderful", "Love it", "Not a one trick pony", Michelle Hussey, Natalie-Eve Williams -


James has been featured on Never Enough Notes. Read it here


Never Enough Notes is an e-zine dedicated to lovely music news, discoveries, reviews, festivals, gigs and events.

AUG 2014

James was awarded the Derek Scott Composition Award at his graduation ceremony in July.


"There Isn't Really Much Else to Say" has been played again on BBC Manchester Introducing. "Absolutely love his voice... " - Michelle Hussey


James played the Strawberry Fields Festival on Saturday, really enjoyed it, hope to be back next year!

JUL 2014

"There Isn't Really Much Else to Say" has been played on BBC Manchester Introducing. "Absolutely beautiful song... " - Michelle Hussey

JUN 2014


Honey and Bile say nice things about "To Go Where the Wind Blows". "Impressive tune ... delicious piano section ... Beatlesesque ... clever bit of song writing" are some of the comments. See it here


James has been reviewed on Never Enough Notes. They say "We challenge you to not be captivated by the variety presented in his tracks both in subject matter and composition, and the sweet, never-fading optimism in his voice."


James' song "To Go Where The Wind Blows" has been picked for Fresh on the Net. Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner says "What a sweet uplifting Beatles-esque voice ... This multi-instrumentalist has a real knack for composing". Check him out here

MAR 2014

Interviewed by Lucy McNamara in The Northern Soul Podcast. They say "This week Lucy McNamara chats to Bolton-born James Holt, a 20-year-old singer/songwriter tipped for big things. We think this young guy has a bright future ahead of him.". 'Whatever Happened to John' is played.


'Whatever Happened to John' is featured on The Unsigned Guide Spotlight March. James is one of 5 artists selected this month, compiled by Michelle Lloyd.

FEB 2014

27th: Gigged at Bar Java, St Helens


15th: Performed at Heebee Jeebees, Liverpool


'Whatever Happened to John' has been played on Tom Robinsons 'Mix Tape' on Radio 6.


'Whatever Happened to John' is played on Brooklands Radio in Surrey.

'I Thought You Were Crying' is played on Vixen 101 in East Yorkshire.

JAN 2014

My song 'To Go Where The Wind Blows' was played on BBC Manchester Introducing, presented by Michelle Hussey.

'I Thought You Were Crying' was featured on the Listening Post, Fresh on the Net.


BBC Manchester 'Introducing' plays my song 'Wanderlust'.

'Isolation' is played on BBC Lancashire.

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