RIP Eric Roche ~ 1967–2005

September 6th, 2011 marks the sixth anniversary of the sad passing of Eric Roche who died after a battle with throat cancer in 2005.

I first saw Eric perform during a music trade show clinic, circa 2003, but had known about his great guitar playing through his columns in Guitar Techniques and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

His debut album ‘The Perc U Lator‘ was released in 1999 and I remember being amazed by one of the standout tracks from that record called ‘Roundabout‘, which uses two handed-tapping and great percussion work.

Famed for his round and warm bodied guitar sound (thanks to Benjamin Guitars), use of alternate tunings, most notably DADGAD, and his onstage humour, Eric was and still is an inspiration to a generation of guitarists that manages to cross all styles and knows no bounds. He was with out a doubt a key influence for many of the modern YouTube generation of acoustic guitar stars out there today.

Check out some of Eric’s splendid arrangements for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – The Beatles and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana. One of my favourites is “She Drives Me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals. Enjoy!

Please see to buy Eric’s books and CDs (although the site does not seem to be working today 06/09/11).


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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