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Have your minds blown by Thomas Leeb the master virtuoso Percusive Fingerstyle guru and Gary Lutton the Winner of Sky Arts Guitar Star


Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at the age of fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen. Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas and Europe and has been featured in numerous guitar magazines all over the world. Every year, he teaches workshops and master classes in universities and colleges and his album “Desert Pirate” was voted one of the essential albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

His peculiar guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets Thomas Leeb apart from some of his contemporaries is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music. Three years studying West African traditional music give him a sense of timing and groove that is unusual in a guitarist. All this has earned him a loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche who was his guitar teacher, “for about five minutes and then I heard him play”, Jon Gomm awarded him “ten out of ten Gomms” and Guthrie Govan who thinks that “what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal.”

Jolly good. Lovely playing, lovely sound. – David Gilmour

10/10 Gomms – Jon Gomm

What Thomas does on an acoustic probably shouldn’t be legal – Guthrie Govan

I was his teacher for about five minutes and then I heard him play – Eric Roche

Thomas is probably my favourite percussive guitar player. – Newton Faulkner

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Gary Lutton is an instrumental acoustic guitarist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His style blends percussive techniques with intricate harmonics and a love for the simplicity of pop music, drawing influences from Van Morrison, Paul Simon and John Martyn.

Gary recently won the UK/Ireland TV competition Guitar Star, in which he had the opportunity to work with legends such as Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Mike Dawes in addition to recording his version of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere with David Bowie’s Producer Tony Visconti and playing the main stage at Latitude festival in Front of 30,000 people.

Gary has fantastic presence and power on guitar and I expect to hear a lot from him.” -Thomas Leeb

‘ Thoughtful, emotive and beautiful’ – Chris Woods

“I know it’s good to look at, but if you just listen, it’s just beautiful music. – Tony Visconti


€10 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


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