Styles Celtic Acts • Pop Instrumental • Classical / Spanish
Counties Cumbria • Durham • North Yorkshire • Northumberland • Tyne and Wear
This Finger-style Guitarist has a Bmus Hons Degree in Folk and Traditional Music. He plays a wide mix of Country and Ragtime, Celtic and Traditional Music (English and Irish), Classical, Jazz and original compositions.
He is a professional guitarist who graduated from the Folk and Traditional Music Degree in 2010.
He has worked with ceilidh band Sunnyside Up, folk band Twisted String Theory, Northumbrian Traditional Musician and composer Alistair Anderson as well as a variety of solo engagements.
In 2004 he won the 'New Roots' Competition in St Albans that resulted in many performance opportunities including a spot at Leigh on Sea Folk Festival. He has also worked as a soloist for weddings and functions, from christenings to luncheons organised by the vice chancellor of Newcastle University.
In 2010 he played at Whitby Folk Week, one of the biggest folk festivals in the world. He has also performed at Sidmouth Folk Festival as well as many other folk clubs, arts centres and village halls.
QUOTES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
"A Great Guitarist" Eric Roche
"His guitar playing was a revelation to everyone who heard him, and his range of styles was remarkable; he also proved himself to be a real enthusiast for the music, and for the oral singing traditions of these islands.” Barry Goodman (Judge of New Roots Competition St Albans, member of Folk Duo 'Life and Times')
"We thought you're playing was wonderful at our last reception, so much so that we would like to invite you to play for us again"
Something - George Harrison
Yesterday (Paul McCartney
Fly me to the moon
All the things you are
Windy and Warm (John D Loudermilk
Si Beg Si Mor/Ghost in the Pines - Turlough O'Carolan/Martin Simpson
Cavatina - Stanley Myers
The Humours of Tulla/The Green Fields of Rossbeigh - Traditional
Greensleeves - Anon. 16th Century
Bob McQuillens/Charlie Hunters - Traditional
Pop Dragon - traditional.Russian
Salty dog Rag/ Mr Sandman/Nashtownville - Merle Travis, Pat Ballard, Chet Atkins
Bill Cheathams/Across the big sandy - Traditional, Bluegrass
Original Rags - Scott Joplin
Farewell Magnolia Blossom/The Pipers Hat - Simon Stephenson
Maple Leaf Rag - Scott Joplin
Whiskey before Breakfast - Traditional, Bluegrass
Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotton
Mystery Train Variations - Junior Parker/Sam Philips/Simon Stephenson