Edinburgh Guitar Night

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The Edinburgh Guitar Night is the premier event in the capital for showcasing guitar talent from the UK, Europe and beyond.

The seventh event in the series presents:


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’.


Following the release of his debut solo guitar album Dangerous To Go Alone in February 2018 and with over twelve years' experience of live performance, John's music has attracted warm applause and praise from fellow guitarists, with Sky Arts Guitar Star winner Gary Lutton describing him as a ‘guitar genius’.

Laced with flavours of blues, folk, jazz, ragtime and rock, his memorable and accessible compositions take inspiration from artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Koji Kondo and Alan Menken.

In the last year he has caught the attention of fingerstyle heavyweight Tommy Emmanuel while performing in Tommy’s guitar retreat in Scotland, and has performed at the Ullapool Guitar Festival, Ards International Guitar Festival, Belfast Guitar Festival and Dál Riada Festival.


The Roth Guitar Duo formed through a shared love of chamber music in 2014, whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The duo have played at venues and festivals throughout the UK including: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Cardiff Guitar Festival, Nanpantan Festival and Ribfest.

The duo have been invited, on many occasions, to perform at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall for concert series such as A Little Bite Music, Dig the City Festival, Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend and Bridgewater Introducing, which gives up and coming artists the opportunity to perform at the prestigious venue. The duo were recently awarded Second Prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition. Sam and Emma always strive to create interesting and varied programmes of interest to any music lover, ranging from Renaissance to newly commissioned and unpublished works.

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