The sixth event in the series presents:
Jamie Ferguson is a percussive acoustic guitarist based in Manchester, UK. With influences from Andy McKee, Red Hot Chili Peppers through to Calum Graham and Jon Gomm, Jamie’s style combines percussive techniques, fingerpicking, and inventive harmonics to achieve an impressive and exciting style of music. Personal goals and determination are key components to Jamie’s work as he is focusing on becoming a successful solo artist through percussive acoustic guitar.
He has worked extensively in and around Manchester at live gigs. The main reception at these events has always been one of awe and excitement to see percussive guitar live. Jamie has gained merit from fellow accomplished acoustic guitarists, with Jon Gomm pinpointing Jamie’s style as ‘pure adrenaline, both visceral and exciting’; whilst Mike Dawes also shares his admiration; 'Jamie is a great player with a wonderful tone and an ear for arranging, I particularly enjoyed his Rick Astley cover!'
Jamie has also accompanied and supported artist George the Poet as a session guitarist playing for B Franklin on his UK tour; performing at sold-out venues from Glasgow O2 to The Everyman Cinema in London. Following the UK tour, Jamie has also featured on Sofar Sessions in London, as well as playing as a session musician for SB TV.
Inspired by the old-time blues, roots, ragtime and gospel of the pre-war era. Toby Mottershead earned his spurs playing with the award winning eight piece band The Black Diamond Express. His solo show on The Roots of The Blues is an exceptional gem of The Edinburgh International Festival - showcasing his obsession with artists such as Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell and many more.
“His superb exhibition of early blues styles is a joy to behold.” **** Broadway Baby
“Toby Mottershead is the real deal.” Thomas Truax
“Impressing audiences with his passionate performances - this is definitely one to watch.” Thomas Compton - Edinburgh Guide
“He may just be a “grown-up skinny white boy in the wrong country singing the blues,” as he puts it, but Toby Mottershead, singer with the popular Edinburgh roots band Black Diamond Express, can sing naked blues with rough-grained eloquence.”
Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Blues! Roots of the Blues, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist
Ali is the founder and organiser of the Edinburgh Guitar Night. Having performed in Guitar Nights and festivals across the UK, Ali identified the need for something similar to happen in her native Scotland, and thus the Edinburgh event was born.
Ali is classically trained, but has a genre-defying style that is far flung from the classical guitar. With her grounding in traditional technique, Ali takes heavy influence from artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela and fellow scot KT Tunstall. She creates a unique blend of percussive guitar and loop mastery, to create an original sound that gets hands clapping, hips shaking and feet stomping.