Sky Arts TV Guitar Star Finalist Billy Watman and award-winning fingerstyle singer-songwriter Jon Hart have teamed up for a doubleheader of acoustic guitar tour in the intimate setting of the Weston Studio at the Squire Performing Arts Centre
They will each perform 45 minute solo sets, and will then share the stage for a duo finale.
Jon Hart is a UK Fingerstyle singer-songwriter who has received critical acclaim from across the acoustic guitar world for his debut album ‘Reborn’, folk-fingerstyle album ‘Set Adrift’ with Daryl Kellie and three EPs, ‘Defuse, Sticks and Stones’ and ‘Momento’. He has toured throughout the UK and Europe. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, Jon was from an early age picking up the piano at 5 and then moving on to guitar and singing at 8. After equipping himself with a National Diploma at Platform One and a BA Hons in Music from Southampton University, he has built up strong foundations I Surrey and multi-award-winning functions, in demand guitar tuition and highly recommended session work.
Billy Watman is an award winning 17 year old Anglo-Brazilian classical / fingerstyle guitarist. In 2016, he reached the grand final of ‘Guitar Star’ - a guitar based talent show open to all ages and genres for Sky Arts TV, which was broadcast in Europe, Australia and South America. His audition for the show, performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at London’s Royal Festival Hall was an internet sensation, altogether his videos have been seen by over 60 million people. Along the way he had the opportunity to perform at iconic UK music venues, including the legendary Abbey Road Studio number 2 of Beatles fame. Billy has twice graced the main stage of Towersey Festival supporting Midge Ure, The Shires and The Proclaimers.