Dave’s Discoveries Week 3 – Avril Kinsey ‘Song of the Water, Mokoro’

​This week’s post is about the South African guitarist/composer Avril Kinsey, who is one of the most inventive composers of modern classical guitar music. ​She is well known in South Africa, yet isn’t as well known as she deserves to be elsewhere. Around 20 years ago I bought her book ‘Guitar Music from Africa’, a… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 3 – Avril Kinsey ‘Song of the Water, Mokoro’

Dún Laoghaire Guitars Pre-Premiere Playlist

Between May and July I was Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence. On August 20th the music I composed during this residency will be premiered online in the form of pre-recorded videos. I composed a two movement piece for multiple guitars called ‘Dún Laoghaire Guitars’. In advance of this premiere I’ve prepared Spotify and Youtube playlists of some… Continue reading Dún Laoghaire Guitars Pre-Premiere Playlist

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Dave’s Discoveries – Week 2: ‘Tears of Joy’ by Niwel Tsumbu

​ Who’s the greatest living guitarist in the world? Eric Clapton? Mark Knopfler? John Williams?  Pat Metheny?  Eddie Van Halen? None of the above! They are all excellent in their genres, but to be the best guitarist in the world you need to be ultra-versatile. I’ve seen many guitarists in my lifetime and none of them can match… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries – Week 2: ‘Tears of Joy’ by Niwel Tsumbu

Dave’s Discoveries Week 1: ‘Chiyo’ by Linda Buckley

​Please take ten minutes of solitude to listen to ‘Chiyo’ by Irish composer Linda Buckley, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I think it’s one of the most beautiful orchestral works of the 21st Century. Its sound-world is, to my ears, somewhere between Arvo Pärt, John Adams and Sigur Ròs, yet it is Linda’s own… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 1: ‘Chiyo’ by Linda Buckley

Dave’s Favourite Classical Composers, played on Guitar

As my Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown music residency comes to its conclusion I thought I’d share a final playlist featuring some of my favourite classical composers, as they have been played on guitar. Prior to the 20th Century, very few of the ‘great’ classical composers composed for guitar. Two great 19th Century composers, Schubert and Berlioz, were guitarists, but… Continue reading Dave’s Favourite Classical Composers, played on Guitar

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Dave’s Textural Guitar Heroes

In a previous blog post I mentioned how influential Andy Summers, from The Police, was to me. This post is about a group of guitarists who could be classified in the same category as him, ‘textural’ guitarists. They are more interested in finding the right sound for a song than showing off with virtuoso solos,… Continue reading Dave’s Textural Guitar Heroes

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