Martin Carthy, Antoine Dufour, Preston Reed, Leon Hunt, Daniel Ho, and Luca Stricagnoli set for the September acoustic weekender
Some of the world’s finest purveyors of acoustic music will meet in London on September 12 and 13 2015 for the annual London Acoustic Show, in association with Acoustic magazine.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 lifetime achievement winner Martin Carthy leads the first wave of artists announced and will appear on Sunday 13 September. For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.
Grammy Award winning ukulele maestro Daniel Ho, who will appear on both days, will bring his deft skills on both ukulele and Hawaiian slack-key guitar to this year’s show. Daniel’s simple philosophy of presenting music with sincerity and artistry encompasses six consecutive Grammy Awards, number-one albums on national airplay charts, and top-10 albums on Billboard.
One of the most influential solo guitarists of the last two decades, Preston Reed, who has captivated audiences the world over with his two handed integrated percussive style and directly influenced many of today’s contemporary acoustic players such as Andy McKee, Jon Gomm, Usman Riaz and Kaki King will stop by on Saturday 12 September to host a masterclass. You really can’t speak about the current acoustic guitar scene without including Preston Reed. Today, at the height of his game, Reed’s recordings and live performances still define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he helped catapult over a quarter of a century ago.
Joining the fingerstyle ranks of the 2015 show, Antoine Dufour, who’ll appear in association with Ernie Ball Strings UK, deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions that reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures and languages. That he does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style has endeared him to a broad spectrum of fans of popular music. Antoine will perform on the main stage and hold a masterclass. Via his six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, 6 years of global touring and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity.
Luca Stricagonoli, who will also host a masterclass and main stage performance, is one of the most exciting new players on the acoustic guitar scene. Luca bypasses the normal limits of the acoustic guitar and adapts it to any musical genre from pop to rock, from soundtracks to original pieces, says CandyRat records. Luca’s rearrangement of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ movie theme, where he uses three guitars and a violin bow granted him his first million views on YouTube. Luca doubles up with the ‘Braveheart’ theme where he uses guitar as well as two harmonicas and a recorder. The real deal arrives with an AC/DC rearrangement, ‘Thunderstruck’ receiving nearly 10 million views and counting on different social networks in only a few weeks.
Leon Hunt also joins the 2015 line up to deliver a masterclass is his world renowned banjo technique. As one reviewer once observed ‘being the best five-string banjo player in the UK must be rather like being the fastest ‘fast-bowler’ in Virginia’, Leon Hunt has, for more than a decade, continued to confound that notion (and the many stereotypes that attempt to confine the five-string banjo to bluegrass music) by making his living playing alongside some of the world’s top musicians from a number of musical styles, backgrounds and disciplines.
Confirmed exhibitors for the 2015 show include John Hornby Skewes, Fishman, Ashbury Instruments, Blueridge Guitars, HK Audio, Manuel Rodriguez Guitars, Pilgrim, Rotosound, Santos Martinez, StandMade, Taylor Guitars, and Vintage Guitars.
The London Acoustic Show takes place over September 12 & 13, 2015, at London’s Olympia Conference Centre. To buy tickets and for the latest artist and exhibitor news, visit: www.londonacousticshow.com