Bio

“Sepia soaked soulful folk at its best” – James Robins (Freshnet-BBC6 introducing)

“Vingoe has effortlessly created the perfect soundtrack for lovers : the beginnings of a beautiful dusk, and the deep racing emotions of a passionate heart. Definitely worth a listen” – Gary Munday, Acoustic magazine

Conrad Vingoe is an award winning folk influenced singer/songwriter based in London (UK). His latest album “Tomorrow, then” was recorded and mixed by legendary producer/engineer Phill Brown (John Martyn, Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley etc) and features the prodigious talent of John Parker (Nizlopi) on double bass and Martyn Barker (Billy Bragg, Marrianne Faithfull) on drums .

Conrad has toured in England, Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S. building a growing fanbase. Support slots have included Kathryn Williams, Passenger, Turin Brakes, Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Sam Amidon amongst others. Festival highlights include Beautiful Days where he played the same stage as Seth Lakeman and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Secret Garden Party, Summertyne Americana Festival and Elderflower Fields.

Live performances are in parts intimate, in others intense and raucous. Whether performing solo or with a band Conrad’s accomplished, fluid guitar playing and passionate vocals are always a memorable experience.

PRESS

“Dreamy, 1970s-inspired folk” – Time Out

“Conrad’s intimate and sensitive music is often sparse, but full of vitality…he’s a skilled and talented musician who creates beautifully crafted songs”AAA music – 4 stars

“We are putty in your fine-guitar-picking hands. Slaves to your stripped-back honesty, subtle folk-pop hooks and intelligent songwriting.”-Cougar Microbes

“…every track on ‘Tomorrow, then’ is a minor classic of songwriterly craft and foot tapping alt.folk liveliness.”Tasty Fanzine

“Vingoe’s voice has an edge to it that hovers between perceptive questioning and raw acceptance…taken together this song collection reveals much and delivers more” – Folkwords

“Vingoe’s voice sucks you in and your imagination starts racing…It’s gentle, soulful and wonderfully honest. There’s nothing fake in this album”Floatation Suite  – 8/10

4/5 – singles of the week – Indie London

OLDER PRESS

“folk music has been dragged the wrong way in recent years, and Conrad Vingoe embodies the simplistic ideals that have been lost, it seems. With Simple Secrets you are treated to something not just of beauty, but a brief look into the heart and soul of a man.”
– Joe Lewis, Audio Scribbler

“an album that sounds like it should have been on shelves back in the days before most of us were born,stacked alongside Tim Buckley and Nick Drake,that doesn’t mean he’s outdated though,it just lends this album something of a timeless quality : makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end”
– Matt Merritt, subba-cultcha.com

“Conrad Vingoe seems to have produced this summer’s definitive soundtrack…swinging with a kind of effortlessness which suggests Vingoe could do this forever”
– The Skinny

“…he takes standard folk-like forms back to their essence so that the grains of the genre are important rather than the veneer of fashion. His touch is deft and almost feminine…almost imperceptible until you realise that the songs inhabit you…the melancholy of out of season loneliness”
– Americana-uk.com

““Great piece of work””
– Jeff Hemmings – The Latest magazine

“Conrad Vingoe’s output on “Simple Secrets” is more in keeping with stateside artists such as Great Lake Swimmers, Monsters Of Folk and Ryan Adams”
– xyz magazine

“Spare Buttons and Bones is a triumphant re-imagining of the euphoric elements of US alt folk”
– Rock n Reel magazine

“Vingoe makes folk pop songs with occasional nods to rock but he has such a great ear for melody and a beautiful warm voice, that I find ‘Spare Buttons And Bones’ hard to resist…this is definitely another addition to my admittedly limited “Great Folk Albums” list. ”
– The weblog of Leonards Lair

“Great White Hope” and “Boy Morning World” is a stunning exhibition of what Vingoe can do both vocally and musically. All in, it’s a great collection.
– Allan Baillie, Subba-Cultcha.com

“’Spare Buttons And Bones’ brings together Vingoe’s…limited edition EPs…its accomplished song craft deserves to garner him wider exposure and a larger audience. Dealing primarily in melancholic yet uplifting folk… this is a collection full of sublime melodies that radiate a wounded pathos.”
– Sam Monk, Last Broadcast

“…Good songs, we all agree-ones obviously built with skill and experience. Vingoe’s super-power lies in his voice,which is glorious…Everything is in place”
– The Stool Pigeon

“Drawing on the Ray Lamontagne/Jose Gonzalez blueprint of late and stripping it down to bare acoustics…allows songs like casual waltz of ‘How Come’ and soaring ‘Big Wide Sky’ to breathe…Conrad Vingoe certainly leaves a good impression and a welcoming doorstep.”

AWARDS

PRS/Fopp New Music Award 2010

Acoustic Magazine singer/songwriter of the year 2012