When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician.
A UK based instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, recording as ‘Chris Woods Groove’ and ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’.
Chris began his career as a solo guitarist, originally catching the eye of the music industry for his creative approach to playing; using revolutionary techniques and a hugely individual approach to composition. Endorsed by the most acclaimed brands he honed his skills performing at prestigious guitar festivals across the globe. Approached by Hal Leonard to write a comprehensive guide on the percussive style, which quickly became the standard ‘how to play’ percussive guitar publication, Chris’ reputation became international and highly regarded.
Since then his focus on creative playing has led him to branching out his compositional style to orchestra’s of all shapes and sizes. Recent projects for his ‘groove orchestra’ include Guitar Revolution (a national tour creating pop-up guitar orchestras) or Orchestral Evolution (a recent commission to create a contemporary and evolved orchestra for young people). A spontaneous creator and an emotive player...
Headliner magazine described a recent performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios: ‘tremendous – to say Chris Woods feels this music is a wild understatement, and it’s a genuine privilege to witness them perform’
Tonight Chris will be performing a collection of solo pieces ranging from spacey improvisational solos to explosive percussion-driven grooves.
Creative Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Chris Woods 4.30pm - 6pm (max. participants 20)
A workshop for all abilities and style of guitarists. A relaxed and inspiring workshop, offering new and fresh approaches in playing and thinking for all. The focus is to breathe new life into your acoustic playing whatever level you play at. Participants will leave having learned a range of exciting percussive techniques, enjoyed being part of a guitar orchestra and a whole lot more...
Chris Woods is one of our countries finest players and just so happens to be a world class educator; his book percussive acoustic guitar, published by Hal Leonard is sold internationally and is the 'go to' guide for percussive playing. He writes for various guitar magazines including Guitar Techniques and is regularly invited to the likes of the London College of Music to talk Creative Guitar. He's a friendly, supportive and inspirational tutor and this is an amazing opportunity to work with him before the concert.
Show only - Adult £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Student £5
Workshop 4.30pm and Show 7.30pm - Adult £20, Student £15