Over the years I’ve had quite a distinguished career as a guitarist. I’ve played in most of London’s West End theatres on shows such as Lion King, Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Mama Mia. I’ve performed on TV and in films, and toured the world several times over. I’ve graced the stage with famous musicians from Will Young and Shirley Bassey to John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. This weekend however I’m going to be performing at a much more intimate and local venue. I’m looking forward to playing my first gig at The Salterton Arms in my new hometown of Budleigh Salterton on Saturday 24th October.
Budleigh Salterton is a thriving musical town with live music at the many festivals throughout the year. When my family and I first arrived here I was able to head on down to the Jazz Festival held annually in Budleigh Public Hall. It was an opportunity to listen to and catch up with a few of my old musical friends from London who were performing. There was a locally based guitar led trio playing before the main band and they sounded great. I introduced myself to the guitarist, Dave Hardman, who also lives in Budleigh Salterton and we arranged to meet up for a play and guitarist natter. We’ve been getting together on a fairly regular basis since then and so Dave had a word with the landlord of the Salterton Arms and secured us a gig at our local pub.
I’m really looking forward to performing within walking distance from my home. We will be playing a mixture of jazz standards, latin and jazz rock, so come along from 9pm on Saturday 24th October at the Salterton Arms, Chapel Street, Budleigh Salterton.