Mike Dawes with special guests Ali Tod and Alexandr Misko

Mike Dawes
With special guests Ali Tod and Alexandr Misko

Friday 05 April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards
Tickets: £15, Bar available

Hailed as one of the world’s most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers, Mike Dawes is master of technique - composing, arranging and performing multiple parts simultaneously on one guitar.
He has developed a repertoire spanning solo viral video hits, mainstream chart success and a steady slot as guitarist for Justin Hayward of Moody Blues fame.
His debut record with Candy Rat Records gained strong critical acclaim and spawned a variety of world tours and singles. The lead single on his second album, an arrangement of ‘One’ by Metallica, achieved over 30m hits in its first week of release.
Mike also has a strong reputation as an educator, writing a regular column for Guitar World, and pieces for Acoustic and other major publications, in print and online. In 2017, he was voted 'Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World right now' by readers of Music Radar & Total Guitar magazine.

In support of Mike Dawes
Two exceptional contemporary percussive/finger style guitarists……

Building upon a classical guitar training, Ali Tod had developed a genre-defying style that has taken her on a whole new journey into the possibilities of the instrument.
Based in Edinburgh, Ali supplements her grounding in traditional technique with heavy influences 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.
Ali is the founder and organiser of the Edinburgh Guitar Night, a bi-monthly event that is the premier showcase for guitarists from the UK, Europe and beyond in Scotland’s capital city.

Alexandr Misko is one of a dazzling new breed of fingerstyle guitarists.
The 20-year-old linguistics student from Russia already plays concerts all over the world, and has often appeared on TV in his homeland.
Drawing on influences from the many musicians who pioneered and expanded this guitar style, Misko somehow manages to break through to new heights - while never losing sight of the beauty of the underlying music.
He is a passionate and energetic performer who has released two solo albums. And he has attracted hundreds of millions of online views for videos of his stunning cover versions of ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Careless Whisper’. His fanbase continues to grow…
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