Styles Jazz • Celtic Acts
Counties Berkshire • Bristol • Gloucestershire • Greater London • Hampshire • Oxfordshire • Somerset • Wiltshire
"Guitarist Magazine's Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2002"
Winner of Guitarist Magazine's "Acoustic Guitarist of the year 2002" award and a semi-finalist for Perrier Young Musician 2001 he has been described as "One of the finest guitarists of the young generation" by Martin Taylor MBE.
Major performance credits include the Bath International Guitar festival (as both educator and artist), the Kirkmichael Guitar festival (hosted by Martin Taylor) and the NEC. In addition he can be seen at Arts Centers and clubs throughout the UK.
Respected as an educator on all aspects of guitar, he has delivered workshops at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and at venues around the UK for the Bath Guitar Festival's "Guitar Circus" touring workshop programme.
He was introduced to the guitar at the age of 13 when he was given an instrument as an unwanted gift by his parents. Intriguingly both his Mother and Father independently decided to buy him a guitar on the same day - luckily only one instrument was purchased, although that subsequently languished in a cupboard for 6 months. After a short course of lessons at school he decided that he would be more comfortable teaching himself and has remained a self-taught guitarist.
Whilst studying for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick he used his (ample) spare time to hone his style, influenced particularly by his guitar hero Martin Taylor. The opportunity to see Taylor perform in concert provided an indication of the possibilities of solo guitar and he subsequently spent a great deal of time immersed in jazz. After graduating he spent a short time working as a writer for a small London publishing house and in 2001 was selected as one of 4 semi-finalists for the Perrier Young Musician 2001 award. Although he did not win, the competition provided valuable experience of performing under judged conditions, an experience he would repeat more successfully the next year, going on to win the prestigious "Acoustic Guitarist of the Year" award.
Since then he has been working as a full time performer and educator building his reputation on the live scene as a dynamic performer and composer. In 2004 he will release his debut album, "The Coast Road", a collection of mostly self penned solo guitar instrumentals.
He can claim Martin Taylor, Gordon Giltrap and Eric Roche as supporters and is building a steady fanbase through festival appearances and Workshops.