Rockschool, the world’s leading contemporary exam board have just announced two high-profile masterclasses for this year's London Acoustic Show. Taking place on the Saturday and Sunday both masterclasses feature high-profile acoustic specialists Carl Orr (Billy Cobham, Acoustic Columnist, Ronnie Scott’s House Band) and Andy Jones (Brian May, Van Morrison, Julian Lloyd Webber, Total Guitar Columnist). The masterclasses will feature performances, seminar and Q&A and performances from Patti Revell (vocals) and Nik Preston (bass). Carl’s masterclass will focus on techniques and concepts for improvisation and Andy will focus on rearrangement and accompaniment. Both masterclasses are designed to support the concepts covered in both Acoustic and Total Guitar magazine and will feature repertoire from Newton Faulkner, Pat Metheny, Brad Paisley and Tommy Emmanuel.
One of the most influential and innovative guitarists of the past quarter century, Preston Reed has confirmed that he will be making a double appearance on Sunday 11 September. Reed will be conducting a Masterclass at 12:15 before performing on our Main Stage at 15:00.
“… widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar
“True spellbinding guitar mastery” Guitarist MagazinePreston is famed for revolutionising the way the acoustic guitar is played through the development of integrated percussive guitar playing in the late 1980s. Preston’s style has inspired generations of musicians around the world ever since, including many of today’s top players, such as Andy McKee and Jon Gomm. Employing multi-voiced grooves, polyrhythmic percussion and story-telling compositions, Reed’s visionary approach fully exploits the breath-taking orchestral potential of the guitar. Since 1979 Preston has released fifteen critically-acclaimed albums and performed on six continents. His extensive teaching experience includes The Swannanoa Gathering, where he taught Kaki King, his own week-long workshops in Scotland, attended by many over the years including Ed Sheeran, and his recent masterclass at Berklee College of Music. His 1994 instructional video, The Guitar of Preston Reed: Expanding the Realm of Acoustic Playing, continues to set today’s and tomorrow’s top players on the path to developing their own musical voices on the instrument. From his roots in blues, rock, funk and jazz to explorations in Middle Eastern and neo-classical styles, Reed’s music embraces familiar sounds in a fresh and original way. His jaw-dropping skill and unrivalled musical creativity make for a mind-blowing live performance. Make sure you don’t miss your chance to watch and learn from this great guitarist!
Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. Clive began his musical journey playing a homemade banjo in the family band. By his early teens Clive was traversing the worlds of soul, pop, funk and traditional Irish music, balancing his affinity for Slayer with the etudes of Tárrega. This breadth of musical curiosity was to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or performing standards with the Essex Youth Orchestra. Clive went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, all the while balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar. By the time he graduated from Trinity, Clive had not only penned orchestral works, he had a written an album’s worth of solo acoustic guitar music. A chance meeting with English guitar legend John Renbourn proved the catalyst for Clive’s debut album, “Sixth Sense”, which Renbourn deemed “a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar”. He subsequently took Clive on the road with him and the pair toured North America and Europe together, thus launching Clive’s solo performing career. Since then, Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players. He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own ground breaking compositions. Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also taken Clive on the road with him and similar nods to Clive’s musicianship have been given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and the Sultanate of Oman. In addition to Clive’s three solo albums - “Sixth Sense”, “The Red Guitar” (which Tommy Emmanuel cites as one of his desert island discs!) and “Life in Colour” - Clive has written music for television and film. He notably composed the music for the film “Driving Lessons”, which features Julie Walters and Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame. Clive newest CD, “The Furthest Tree”, was released in May 2016 and is already being hailed as some of his finest work to date. Clive will be appearing on our Main Stage and conducting a masterclass on Saturday 10 September, don’t miss the chance to learn from and see this great guitarist perform. Clive will also be conducting a meet and greet and album signing during the day, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Advance tickets are available now, book online or call 01926 339 808 to buy yours now.
For over three decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between. As a youngster, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. As he soaked up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, "The Dr. Demento Radio Show" and "The Midnight Special", Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar. With Richard's performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his guitar workshops. In addition to his concert performances, Richard offers his GillaCamp Guitar Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars and Avenues to Success Education Outreach programs to inspire players worldwide and provide opportunities for music lovers to hone their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade. Richard will be conducting two Masterclasses over the weekend, one on fingerstyle guitar, the other on ukulele. You’re sure to be amazed and amused by this fine guitarist and entertainer.
Cole Clark Guitars, available from Zed Music Distribution, is extremely proud to unveil the Australian Eco Series of guitars in the United Kingdom. The Australian Eco Series guitars are made from 100% sustainable timbers; designed by replacing endangered timbers with sustainable Australian substitutes. The remarkable Australian Eco Series is built with the same unique Cole Clark construction, including their world leading patented pickup, with entirely sustainable timbers. The result, the classic big Cole Clark sound, a peerless quality and finish, and the most natural sounding amplified guitar available. Sustainability has never sounded so good! For more information and your nearest stockist of the Cole Clark Australia Eco Series, please contact Chris Mariani at: Zed Music Distribution.
We are excited to announce that UK based instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, is joining the London Acoustic Show line up! When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren't talking about your average musician. A guitarist, composer, performer, producer and educator, Chris blends ear bending drop tuned grooves with endearing stories to create his performances. There is an eerie feel to his music; a dark jazz texture driven by explosive guitar percussion Touring across the globe appearing at festivals, art houses, theatres and even prestigious shows such as the NAMM show in LA. His mind bending guitar approach is exceptional, his multi faceted creative mind has spilled out into an array of different concepts including The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra. The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra is an ever evolving collective of inspirational musicians performing with the likes of Hang drum, tabla, double bass and electronics. Chris' explosive and emotive guitar playing leads the Orchestra, and takes you on a journey from solo guitar to cinematic style epics. Make sure you catch The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra at the London Acoustic Show on Saturday 10 September. Chris will also be conducting a masterclass on Sunday 11 September. Discounted Early Bird tickets are now on sale at just £17.50, offer ends 5 June 2016. Click here call 01926 339 808 to buy your tickets now!
How many pundits frantically casting their runes back in 1999 for predictions for the new millennium would have foreseen that Turin Brakes would be releasing their seventh studio album in 2016? Back then, they were hotly-tipped young ingénues, and we all know what usually happens to them in the heartless world of showbiz – but while many of the rest of the class of 2000 seem forever frozen into the faces in their yearbook pictures, Turin Brakes are still making their way through the century’s changing landscape. Turin Brakes was created by Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, in a millennial South London bedroom, more out of a shared need to express a hidden message they’d both caught at the century’s end, than in a grab for stardom. Enlisting the membership of long-term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, the band carries on because the message is still there, still hidden, still with something to say. 2010’s Outbursts was followed by 2013’s We Were Here, written on the back of a continuous live touring schedule driven by their fans’ need to keep tapping in. Sending out continuous streams of under-the-radar transmissions to whoever tuned in to hear, the band found their audiences staying, then growing, as more and more listeners tumbled to the secret. The cover artwork of their new album Lost Property shows an urban spaceman marooned in a deckchair as, behind the winter lawn, half-hidden shapes loom in the dark. The intimacy and warmth that Turin Brakes have taken along with them down the years, but this time reaching up towards something bigger, more epic in scope and darker in hue. It’s a sound yearning for the wide open spaces of the USA but rooted in the grimy streets of South London, still unique, still unforgettable. Sixteen years of touring across continents have sealed their reputation as a fearsome live act, able to hold any size crowd with the sheer chutzpah of their no-hidden-tricks raw and direct onstage presence. Turin Brakes carry on their secret life, and with a new generation of artists like Max Jury, Aquilo and Benjamin Francis Leftwich starting to beat a path to their door to collaborate, it looks like the secret is getting out. With a new album recently (and successfully) launched, the band has been rehearsing the tracks ready to take them out on the road, which can present its own set of problems not necessarily foreseen at the writing and recording stages. “So far, everything has gone pretty smoothly I am glad to say,” Gayle says. “The bit we are thinking about is where exactly to put it in the running order. You have to make sure that your live set is balanced, and works up to a good ending.” After seven albums – and over a million records sold – we think that Turin Brakes might just have that set list sorted by the time their European tour starts in April, and it’ll be just perfect for the London Acoustic Show in September!
We are excited to announce that Stuart Ryan will be performing at the London Acoustic Show 2016. Diverse, but never disparate and with over 15 years’ worth of professional live performance experience the highly regarded guitarist has learned how to showcase the instrument to its fullest potential. Taking up guitar at the age of thirteen, Stuart was first influenced by the ‘hair’ metal of the 1980s and the ensuing harder sound of Guns n’ Roses and Metallica. After several years honing his skills by playing along with records, he discovered a wider palette of players and began to draw influence from jazz icons Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt alongside country bluesmen like Mississippi John Hurt. The turning point, however, came when he saw his hero Martin Taylor MBE perform live. Suddenly it all clicked into place and Stuart began to compose his first fingerstyle guitar pieces. That was almost twenty years ago and since then he has become regarded as one of the UK’s finest fingerstyle concert guitarists and composers for the instrument. Named as Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’ in 2002 he soon came to the attention of Martin Taylor himself who described him as ‘One of the finest of his generation’ and invited him to perform at his Kirkmichael Guitar Festival. Extensive concert work soon followed and it wasn't long before he had played at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues from The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank to The Sage in Gateshead. In addition to countless shows at Arts Centres and clubs across the UK , international engagements have seen him play in Italy, Ireland, Austria and Germany with more overseas trips planned for the future. Although acclaimed by guitarists, Stuart’s live show also draws admiration from those who just love the sound of the instrument and with his relaxed on-stage demeanour and varied repertoire; he never fails to leave an audience with smiles on their faces. Don’t miss your chance to see Stuart Ryan Perform at this year’s London Acoustic Show, discounted Early Bird tickets are now on sale at just £17.50, offer ends 5 June 2016. Click here call 01926 339 808 to buy your tickets now!
Zak Ford is a self-released artist from York. His début album ‘Young, Eager & Starry Eyed’ was released on March 2015 following a successful Kickstarter, fan-funding campaign. Zak burst onto the music scene with soulful lyrics and heart trembling chords. Having recently opened for Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Zak is carving a deep groove into the acoustic scene as a solo artist. His songs employ a range of tunings, effortlessly gliding between soul, folk and Americana, and his evocative lyrics showcase his outstanding vocals. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing up and coming artist perform on the Main Stage Saturday 10 September, click here or call 01926 339 808 to buy your tickets now!