Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator lauded as “THE acoustic guitarist of his generation” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.
Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world.
In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.
Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his playing, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that he is “a portal into all that came before.” Over his stellar career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist, reached the top 10 in the USA and Europe several times and been awarded MBE for services to jazz music.
“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.” – Pat Metheny
“He out-shreds all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it” – Jeff Beck
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.