Multi-award-winning guitarist, composer and educator to embark on thirteen-date UK tour in October
“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.” – Pat Metheny
“He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it” – Jeff Beck
Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and educator Martin Taylor celebrates his 60th birthday and 45 years as a touring artist with a series of solo UK concerts in October. Kicking off in Fareham on Friday 14th October, Taylor will take to thirteen UK towns across the country including Fareham, London, New Milton, Colchester, Guildford, Whitby, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness, Lichfield and Uppingham.
Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar, Martin Taylor’s remarkable musical career has spanned five decades with more than 100 recordings to his name, an MBE, two honourary doctorates and many international awards.
He has collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton. However it is his dazzling solo concerts, with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence, that make this tour one of the highlights of the autumn jazz calendar.
MARTIN TAYLOR SOLO UK TOUR 2016
Friday 14th October | FAREHAM Ashcroft Arts Centre
Saturday 15th October | NEW MILTON Forest Arts Centre
Tuesday 18th October | COLCHESTER Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 19th October | GUILDFORD G Live
Friday 21st October | WHITBY Musicport Festival
Tuesday 25th October | MILTON KEYNES The Stables
Thursday 27th October | MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
Friday 28th October | LONDON Indigo O2
Monday 31st October | UPPINGHAM Uppingham School
Tuesday 1st November | RUNCORN Brindley Theatre
Wednesday 2nd November | LOUGHBOROUGH University Arts
Thursday 4th November | DUNDEE Gardyne Theatre
Friday 5th November | INVERNESS Spectrum Centre
Tickets are on sale now and available from http://martintaylor.com/tour/
“I would highly recommend the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat. It was a fabulous experience. My impressions were that Martin and the teaching staff were very very gracious, very talented certainly, and really ensured that every master class session was run well, the content was perfect for the class, the students themselves really became very close friends and almost family atmosphere after the first night. I had the pleasure on the first night to be able to sit on the stage and do a duet with Martin which was terrific. Overall the venue was terrific, very conducive to have us do what we needed to do. I know that I learned a lot, I had a lot of aha moments. I have a lot of things to work on but without a doubt the time spent this week was not only enjoyable, something I remember all my life, but absolutely will improve my playing and my confidence in playing and I really thank the team and Martin for really giving me this wonderful opportunity in this fantastic venue.” – Ted Clark, New Jersey, USA
“I’ve had a wonderful experience at the camp. Playing at home I found that it’s hard to find other players that are interested in fingerstyle or jazz. When I came here I found many people with similar interests. Martin showed us different ways of approaching accompaniment improvisation and we were able to jam with other students, we were able to play with them as well. As much as I enjoyed my time here I can’t wait to go home and try all the new material that I’ve learned here.” – George Beasley, Connecticut, USA
“I’ve been a guitarist for many, many years, and I just love to go to guitar workshops. I’ve been to many, many of them, and this one is really, really fantastic. It’s an environment where you grow as a guitar player. It’s not just getting information. It’s a climate that causes things. There’s crops that grow in certain soil, this is the soil that helps you grow as a musician, because of just the hospitality, the generosity, the encouragement, camaraderie with other players. It’s just really a good thing, and Martin really does take things that are complex, and he begins to make them broke down into smaller increments so that they become understandable. This is a place where you will do something good for yourself as a musician, to come invest some time here, and just get some good stuff.” – Randy Freeman, California, USA