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Neil - Solo Guitarist
Neil is an extremely gifted guitarist who is beginning to establish his unique talent as a performer and composer both in Britain, and more recently in North America. In a contemporary musical climate which is often overcrowded with an eclectic range of guitar styles, Neil not only acknowledges these various influences, which includes bossa nova, bebop and blues, but also displays an in-depth knowledge of performance and composition, which were key to his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. His performance and playing delights in playful, fresh and beautiful harmonic interpretations of both standards, and original compositions. Neil continues to teach and perform and is an active participant and frequently invited performer at guitar festivals throughout the world.
Studied guitar with Gary Boyle between 1990-92 and then went on to study with Fred T.
Baker between 1992-96 at the Birmingham Conservatoire (UK). These studies led into
the fields of composition and arranging especially with regard to Jazz and Classical music. After leaving the Conservatoire, Neil formed the Ofay Jazz Quintet, playing original
arrangements of jazz standards and leading the Ofay Big Band, which performed Neil's
original compositions alongside the arrangements now embedded into the repertoire.
In 1999, joined forces with Sam Dale (The Big Mojito, Deep Cabaret) and Richard
Young (The Earlies, John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusions) to form Rokasayers, a Hard Jazz-
Rock Fusion power trio. Over a 5 year period they repeatedly wrote and performed to
high critical acclaim (see reviews on Rokasayers page). Regularly performing with The Latin Committee as well as performing with other artists such as Gary Boyle (Isotope, Mike Westbrook), Barnaby Dickinson (trombonist for Tim Garland, Jamie Cullum) and Steve Tromans (formerly John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusions and Birmingham's finest!).
Combine this educational and performance background with the attention to detail
in composition and practice then you have music of real expression and technique.
Neil - Solo Guitar.
Duo, Trio, With additional percussion and/or Bass Guitar. Vocals additional also for clients requiring voice at their event. Particularly effective as ambient/background music for all kinds of events
North West based and will travel to these areas: Midlands, North East, North West.
Romerias de Mayo Festival, Holguin, Cuba. 2010
English Arts Council - Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival, Mexico.
Lancaster Jazz Festival.
Manchester Jazz Festival.
Newark Jazz Festival.
BMW - Stockton on Tees.
Stagecoach - Oxford
"Excellent feel good instrumental jazz" - Keith Ames, Musicians Union (UK)
"You got it going on!" - Kelly Lancaster (Willy Nelson, Dixiechicks)
"Simply beautiful, such beautiful melodies with all the inner movement that just lets everyone have something to listen to" - Michael Kent Smith
"You got swing!" - Gary Walker
"You play like Charlie Byrd but swing harder!" - Brook (Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry)
"Wonderful music..." - David Kilpatrick (Burnley Express)
Solo Artist, smaller cost.
Creating relaxed ambience.
Small space and equipment requirements.
The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.
Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.
(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)
Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.
Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.
(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)