Mike Dawes: Boogie Shred

Mike Dawes is considered to be one of the elite percussive style guitarists on the scene today. If you’ve got to wonder, check out this video (just hit the play button).

Whether or not you like this style of guitar, there’s no doubt as to how excellent of a player Mike is.

This video features a piece he wrote entitled ‘Boogie Shred’

written in part as a dedication to English guitar pioneer Eric Roche.

In fact, in the YouTube description, Mike says that this song ” borrows many techniques and compositional devices from Roche (www.ericroche.com)

Here’s some of Mike’s Biography from his website:

“Since discovering the music of Pierre Bensusan at an early age, Mike has been completely dedicated to the guitar (along with the more obscure music that comes with it) 

Currently residing in the South of England, Mike has been stunning audiences and critics with his guitar playing since 2008. His music often defies description, taking influence from Celtic, Rock, World and Popular music.

“I’ve always been inspired by open tunings and fingerstyle players. My earliest musical memory was my Godfather playing Bensusan on his lovely Lowden O35.”

Mike Dawes – Acoustic Magazine 2010″

Mike’s debut single with CandyRat Records went viral instantly, with the likes of Gotye, Beardyman and Andy Mckee reposting the video. His music has been featured on the front pages of Reddit, Gawker and Collegehumour whilst MSN.com featured Mike at the top of their homepage, sandwiched between The Queen and Barack Obama.

Performance highlights include the International Guitar Festival, The Komedia Theatre and a headline concert on the Acoustic Stage at Tommy Emmanuel’s ‘Tommyfest’, where he shared the bill with the Frank Vignola Trio, Gordon Giltrap and of course, Tommy Emmanuel.


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