Just an update: I'm currently not offering face-to-face lessons as my studio is pretty small and I don't feel I can accommodate effective social distancing. I'm doing occasional online lessons via ZOOM, but the majority of my time is taken up just now with teaching at the University of Aberdeen and for the local authority … Continue reading LESSON UPDATE
It's been a long nine months without live music, but I'm excited to share the news about a (socially distanced) gig I recorded this week which will be streamed by Jazz at the Blue Lamp on thursday 17th december on Facebook & Youtube. It's a guitar trio featuring myself, Graeme Stephen and Scotty Cruickshank, you … Continue reading Live music returns!
So this week I let my two passions combine by making a wee video showcasing some of my guitar playing and some of my photography. The streets of Aberdeen are very eerie just now, it's like a Ghost Town... https://youtu.be/hBgYQQ4oMvI
Hi there, I'm not very good at posting updates on this page, but as expected due to the current Coronavirus situation, all 1:1 lessons are currently suspended until things settle down. Musicians across the country (and the world) are being hammered by this situation, all my upcoming gigs, festivals, theatre shows etc have been cancelled, … Continue reading Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible…
I was involved in an amazing gig last night - 40 fingers, 24 strings, four guitars and thousands of notes! Myself, Ben MacDonald, Kevin MacKenzie and my regular partner in crime Scotty Cruickshank performed in The Carmelite Hotel as part of the Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2018 to a capacity crowd. Photos courtesy of Stewart Mitchell … Continue reading GUITARMAGEDDON!
Another year passes, and it's Jazz Festival time again! I'm hugely privileged to be involved in lots of different projects this year, first of all I played with the Aberdeen jazz Orchestra when we opened the festival, with special guest from London, vocalist and trumpeter Georgina Jackson, which sold out in the Blue Lamp. Then … Continue reading Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2018
"From Blues to Jazz". I'm excited to announce I'll be hosting another jazz guitar workshop on monday 27th November with sponsorship and support from Jazz At The Blue Lamp and Aberdeen City Council. It’s designed for players who might be new to jazz, and are looking to spice up their playing with more sophisticated textures. … Continue reading Upcoming Jazz Guitar workshop!
Jazz At The Blue Lamp in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council have kindly sponsored four jazz workshops, all of them totally free, and I'm happy to be hosting a session on Jazz Guitar on wednesday 31st May. Specific topics to be finalised depending on the interests of attendees, but it'll be open to guitarists from … Continue reading Jazz Guitar Workshop!
Played a great gig at the Moray Jazz Club this week with the newly formed "Sus4 Quartet". The band is made up of me on guitar, Matthew Kilner on tenor, Bryan Chalmers on bass & Richard Glassby on drums. Richard and Matthew are two fantastically talented youngsters studying music at Aberdeen University, and Bryan is … Continue reading A band is born…
Well Aberdeen Jazz festival is over for another year, I was hugely privileged to be involved in a number of projects playing with some fantastic musicians, and met loads of really nice people. The highlight was of course playing in the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra alongside Jacqui Dankworth, Helena Kay, Richard Ingham, the specially formed Ellington … Continue reading An amazing week