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 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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Dave’s Jazz Guitar Heroes

​At the peak of my heavy metal teen years I remember once telling my Mum, “I hate jazz!”. A few years later I heard Django Reinhardt and changed my mind. Jazz is the kind of music that takes a while to understand. Those who take the time to explore the genre usually end up loving it. It… Continue reading Dave’s Jazz Guitar Heroes

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Dave’s African Guitar Heroes

Some of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen or heard are/were from Africa. There are a huge variety of guitar styles across the African continent. In this blog post I explain a bit about some of these styles and some of the great musicians from Africa who have influenced me.  Some of their music is… Continue reading Dave’s African Guitar Heroes

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