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MUSIC: CandyRat Records Guitar Tour 2014

Posted by Caroline Lofts

A night of exceptional musical talent should not be missed as the CandyRat Records Guitar Tour rolls into town. It’s worth the ticket price for the sheer technical triumph of some of the globe’s most accomplished guitar pickers tackling notably complicated compositions. The line up is as follows:

Gareth Pearson (UK) 

Welsh guitar phenomenon Gareth Pearson is already considered a virtuoso in the field of finger-style guitar. Having only played the instrument from recent times, he has already developed a distinctive style to his playing that has earned him the greatest accolades from world renowned players; he has been called a genius by Jan Akkerman, and Tommy Emmanuel was inspired to write a song about him which he named The Welsh Tornado.

Matthew Santos (USA)

Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to that of the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Kimbra, Eddie Vedder, and John Legend. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco for which he received two Grammy nominations, have served to broaden international awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique, homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”

Stefano Barone (Italy)

Stefano was born in Naples, Italy. Stefano Barone’s debut CD features entirely original compositions, ranging from the funk of Spankie to the intimate melodies of The Return, to tracks of more complex execution and performance like Metronix, Batman, Alexander Supertramp and Minimalaction, a composition for 12 guitars which he usually perform live with the help of a multitrack machine.

16th March 
£10+ £1 fee ADV / £12 on the door
Music at 8 pm
The Troubadour
263-267 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA.
Table Bookings: 0207 341 6333


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