Leeds Guitar Night 2017
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
Jonn Gomm, Thomas Leeb & Stuart Ryan
Acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead.
His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar.
Jon first laid his hands on a guitar at the age of two (actually it was a ukulele - his parents couldn’t find a guitar small enough). He wrote his first song at the age of six, and was soon accompanying his father, a music critic, to gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would often stay at the Gomm household on the understanding Jon would get a guitar lesson, meaning he had one-to-one instruction from such blues legends as BB King and Jack Bruce of Cream.
Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every 13 year old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at the age of 15 and released his first acoustic guitar album at 17. Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas and Europe and has been featured in numerous guitar magazines all over the world. Every year, he teaches workshops and master classes in universities and colleges and his album “Desert Pirate” was voted one of the essential albums of the last 20 years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His particular style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets Thomas Leeb apart from some of his contemporaries is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music. Three years studying West African traditional music gave him a sense of timing and grove that is unusual in a guitarist. All this has earned him a loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche who was his guitar teacher, “for about 5 minutes and then I heard him play” , Jon Gomm awarded him “10 out of 10 Gomms” and Guthrie Govan who thinks that ”what Thomas does on a acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal.
Award winning musician Stuart Ryan is regarded as one of the UK’s finest acoustic/electric guitarists. He began his professional career in 2002 when he was awarded Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of The Year’ and cemented his reputation with countless live appearances at concert halls, guitar festivals and clubs across the UK and Europe. A personal invitation by Martin Taylor MBE to appear at his Kirkmichael Guitar Festival in 2003 brought Stuart to the world stage and since then he has been busy as a concert guitarist, studio musician and author.
With a wide range of influences from rock guitarists to traditional blues and folk musicians and everything in between his versatility has kept him busy and in demand. His solo guitar concerts take in everything from the haunting sounds of traditional music to the undbridled joy of African Kora alongside his own compositions and arrangements of well known pieces.