With each performance, Blake Noble reinvents the traditional image of a one-man band."
"Most of the album is instrumental. Not everyone can pull this off. His music at times seems to tell stories that most bands and musicians can’t convey on their best days."
"...sounds great!! the Video [Perpetual Leader] is so good too ..Great works just keep on coming out of Australia"
"Amazing Skills! Seattle is used to rain, so hopefully they won't be too upset when you take them by storm"
"Blake Noble doesn't play the guitar like most people do, he attacks it like Richie Havens used to, just beating on it, turning it into a percussion instrument. There's a raw energy to his playing that makes that necessary, as though his energy can't be fully expressed just by the strings."
"Amazing stuff. And great playing - your stuff is both complex and accesible, which is what I always strive for in my writing. Great work."
"You can feel your mood actually surrender to the power of this new, yet familiar music."
"His quick strumming and drumming on the guitar resembled a style made popular by Rodrigo y Gabriela and the low vibrations of the didjeridoo echoed through the open field. Noble deserves to be heard by many."
"When Blake Noble views his 12-string guitar, he sees not only the steel strings, but the whole percussive potential of the hollow body"
Australian Multi Instrumentalist Blake Noble has spent much of the last few years touring internationally while developing his incredible, unique guitar style mixed with Yidaki (Didgeridoo), and gaining an enthusiastic fan base everywhere he goes. Blake is sometimes compared to Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges and Rodrigo y Gabriella. Blake has endorsements with Cole Clark Guitars, Elixir Strings, K&K Sound, Bigfoot Stompboxes, Didgeridoo Breath, and Grown Vision.
In his adopted new home town of Seattle, his talent is in high demand with various music festivals, venues and numerous tv and radio appearances already under his belt. Following a hugely successful first year in the USA, Noble launched a kickstarter campaign to help pay for his new album; aptly named Underdog. Living up to the name, Blake raised over $10,000 and proved that although he is a relative new-comer to the Pacific NW, he already has a strong following that is building as word spreads. 'Perpetual Leader' was chosen as a semi finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2013 in the Instrumental section (out of over 16,000 entries).
Originally from Byron Bay, on the beautiful East Coast of Australia, Blake plays several instruments, but focuses on the 12-string guitar which he plays in a percussive way, hitting the face and body while holding funky bass lines and adding rapid fingerpicking on top. A self taught guitarist, his unique style and jaw dropping live show have earned him comparisons to some of the worlds best guitarists and garnered praise from them too.
Blake is also an accomplished player of the ancient Australian Didgeridoo, which he plays simultaneously with the guitar. He is one of very few musicians in the world who plays percussive 'lap tap' guitar (12-string) with Didgeridoo simultaneously. Originally taught in the traditional way by an Aboriginal man, Blake is now blessed by members of the Bundjalung Nation in Byron Bay, and more recently was blessed by Xavier Rudd himself, to perform and teach Didgeridoo and it's significant culture and history. This is what Blake says is his proudest achievement.
Relocating permanently to Seattle, Washington in June 2012, Blake hit the ground running and immediately started touring his new home state and into Montana, Idaho, Oregon and California to rave reviews. Noble's second record, Underdog, was released in June 2013 with Blake utilizing some of the incredible musicians he has met on the road in America. The eight track album, while mostly instrumental, steps into new territory with Blake collaborating with Seattle vocalist Cody Beebe on three songs - Truck, North Carolina and Waitomo. It was mastered at Seattle’s London Bridge Studios (famous for Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains). 'Truck' hit number 10 on the AMRAP Airit Great Southern Charts in Australia soon after it's release.
In 2011 Noble released his first album - Music for the end of the world, bravely shrugging off advice and keeping it totally instrumental. The main track - Bundjalung (named after his spiritual home in Byron bay, Australia), made the top 10 on the Triple J Unearthed charts as one of few instrumental tracks to do so. Later that year he made the final 5 in the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition, and won the People’s Choice Award, scoring him a spot at Australia’s biggest festival.
A self taught guitarist, gifted composer and energetic live performer, Blake is constantly exploring new musical opportunities with different instruments, different players and new styles. Known as a humble and down to earth guy, he also works with worthy organisations such as Sea Shepherd, The Melodic Caring Project, and programs that bring music into schools where he can speak of Australian and Aboriginal culture.
Blake has opened for some great artists, including: Pickwick, The Cave Singers, Ivan & Alyosha, Alan White (Yes, John Lennon), John Popper (Blues Traveller), Lee Oskar, Bryan John Appleby, Eternal Fair, The Grizzled Mighty, Geoffrey Castle, Caspian Coberly, Kris Orlowski, Cody Beebe & the Crooks, The True Spokes (Flowmotion), Floater, Tango Alpha Tango, Aaron Daniel, Ben Union, Tim Snider, Marcus Eaton, Luc & the Lovingtons, Perry Acker, Van Eps, Tommy Simmons & many more.
Summer Meltdown Festival, Chinook Fest, Bite of Seattle, NW Folklife, Fremont Fair, Joshua Tree Festival (CA), Elkfest, Moonfest, People w/ Instruments Festival, Leavenworth Alefest, Lavender Festival, Goodstock Festival, Music in the Plaza (Everett), Live at Lunch (Bellevue), Downtown Summer Nights (Yakima), Summer Live Music Series (Kennewick)
SEATTLE: The Triple Door, The Neptune Theater, Tractor Tavern, Nectar Lounge (headliner), The High Dive (headliner), Conor Byrne (headliner), Tulalip Casino, Emerald Casino, Seattle Living Room Show, Big Al's Brewery (headliner), Feedback Lounge (headliner)
WASHINGTON (other): Caffe mela, Wenatchee (headliner), Icicle Brewing Leavenworth (headliner), Old Schoolhouse Brewery Winthrop (headliner), The Seasons, Yakima, 4th Street Theater Yakima (headliner), 5 North, Yakima (headliner), Pickled Fish, Longbeach (headliner), The Emerald, Richland (headliner), Republic Brewery, Republic (headliner), Nyne Bar, Spokane, Gleason Gras 2012, Spokane, Silver lake Winery, Zillah (headliner)
PORTLAND: Doug Fir, Rock Bottom (headliner), Buffalo Gap ALSO - Sandtrap, Gearhart OR.
COLORADO: Bohemian Biergarten, Boulder. Quixotes True Blue, Denver. The Park House, Denver. San Luis Brewing, Alamosa. Sunshine Studios, Colorado Springs.
IDAHO: Eichardts, Sandpoint, Millies, Priest Lake, The Porch, Hayden
MONTANA: Great Northern, Whitefish, Seeley Lake