DOZENS of fans squeezed into Solo Music in Barnstaple today to watch a one-off special performance by Newton Faulkner.
The singer, who is touring local record shops all week to promote the release of his new album Studio Zoo, popped into the Barnstaple store at around 11am.
Fans who pre-ordered copies of the singer’s new album got first entry to the intimate gig, while other fans queued patiently outside the shop in the hope of getting to meet the star.
Kaia Sawyer, 13, from Pilton, was first in the queue and had her guitar signed by the singer-songwriter.
She said: “He’s such a nice guy. I listen to a lot of his music and he’s really inspiring.
“I saw him when he turned on Barnstaple’s Christmas lights a few years ago and to see him a second time was even better.
“He got us singing and got the crowd involved. It was really good fun.”
Around 60 people filled the store in Boutport Street to watch the singer, who headlined Goldcoast Oceanfest in 2012, perform a variety of his old and new songs.
During his set, Newton played various tracks from Studio Zoo, including Where to Star and Orange Skies, as well as the older Dream Catch Me.
The set was followed by a signing, in which Newton took the time to speak to everyone and sign anything from hats to guitars.
Rachel Dwan, 17, said: “I’m a big fan, and I love all of his songs. We were due to see him in Exeter, but he was ill and had to cancel, so I’m so happy he could be here in Solo.”
During the meet-and-greet session, the singer was asked a answered several questions and talked about his inspirations, his hobbies, and his favourite sandwich.
“I’m just in Devon for this set, then I’m off to do a few more gigs to promote Studio Zoo,” he said.
“I usually end up running around like a lunatic, I’m gigging a lot at the moment. Music is my main hobby, I am most happy when I’m making music.”
The recording of Studio Zoo was released as a live stream over five weeks and recorded in his home studio, so that fans could tune in and watch the album being made.
He said: “The album cover is a shot from the live stream which was set up in my house.
“I’m inspired by life in general, things that happen in my life, things that happen in other people’s lives; just observation, really. And my favourite sandwich? Well that would have to be peanut butter and curry paste.”
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