Bath Guitar Festival 2011 – Newton Faulkner, Ben Prestage, Juan Martin, To’Mezclao

Newton Faulkner kicks off the Bath Guitar Festival with a fantastic live performance at the Bath Forum.

The guitar festival, now in its 19th year, has returned to the city of Bath after a one-year hiatus and promises to deliver a diverse programme of concerts and workshops spanning many genres, including; classical, flamenco, blues and rock.

Brit-nominated singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner opened the festival at the Bath Forum with support from the City of Bath College’s, Tallis Morris.

Faulkner performed a well crafted set of songs and ditties, truly raising the bar for any solo strummer to match with his use of hi-tech and not-so-hi-tech gadgets and gizmos; using both a foot controlled synth trigger (Roland PK-5), and a vocal harmoniser (Digitach Vocaliser), of which Newton comically referred to as string feet and robot woman – Wendy 1000!

Newton manages to entertain the crowd with his quirky stories and cheeky sense of humour while performing to the highest standard; a craft he honed while studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford under the tutelage of the late Eric Roche.

Bath Guitar Festival 15 – 22 June 2011

The guitar festival runs between 15 – 22 June with concert highlights including; Ben Prestage (Sun 19th June @ Chapel Arts Centre), To’Mezclao (17th June @ The Pavillion) and Juan Martin (16th June @ The Guildhall).

I will be running a Guitar Heroes workshop on Saturday 18th June from 10am at the Bath Society Meeting Room, above the Green Park Brasserie nr Sainsburys, which also sees Neville Marten (Guitar Techniques) hosting a British Blues workshop from 1pm.

Guitar Heroes with Richard Perkins

Are you an aspiring guitar hero? If so, this is the opportunity to explore the styles and techniques of modern rocks guitar gods. Learn classic riffs from some of the world’s greatest guitar players, including Matt Bellamy (Muse), Slash (G’n’R/Velvet Revolver) and Tom Morello (RATM/Audioslave) plus the top 5 killer drop D riffs. £5

Booking – Tel: 01225 463362, Box Office: http://www.bathboxoffice.org.uk/7738

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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