Jim Ghedi + Toby Hay (Duo show) / Dean McPhee / Saif Mode
Highly respected Solo Finger-style guitarist Jim Ghedi after years of experimentation and travelling around Europe has returned with a focused and signature sound. Exploring finger-style experimental Guitar composition, with a wide repertoire of influences ranging from african music, jazz and eastern european folklore he has crafted his style of playing working heavily in rhythmic phrasing as well as melodic & harmonic experimentation.
Having an impressive history of both collaboration and supported work for such acts as James Blackshaw, Richard Dawson, Dead Rat Orchestra, Cam Deas, C Joynes, Stephanie Hladowski, Alasdair Roberts, Alex nelson’s Death Shanties, The Big eyes family players and Trembling bells. He releases his album ‘Home is where i exist, now to live & die’ with Cambrian Records later this year, material inspired by his time spent living in Brussels & returning to reconnect with home.
A guitarist and composer from near Rhayader in Mid Wales. He makes instrumental music inspired by the landscape, people and history of the area. Following in the footsteps of the American Primitive guitarists like John Fahey and Robbie Basho, and the British Folk revivalists like John Renbourne and Bert Jansch, he composes music for the 6 and 12 string guitar.
His music has been supported by radio stations across the UK, Amercia and Australia, and he has performed across Britain, playing Swn Festival, Machynlenth Comedy Festival and Greenman Festival, as well as supporting artists like Ryley Walker, Songhoy Blues and Marika Hackman.
Influenced by Indian Ragas, African Kora music and ancient Welsh harp music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript he makes music to capture the atmosphere of the special and under represented part of Wales where he lives, adding to the long tradition of Welsh string music.
Dean McPhee is a West Yorkshire based solo electric guitarist who plays a Fender Telecaster through a valve amp and effects pedals. Dean is a self-taught guitarist and has developed a unique style of playing over years of improvisation and experimentation. His influences include British Folk, Dub, Krautrock, Post Rock, Moroccan Trance and Modal Jazz.
“The hallmark of McPhee’s style is a picked bassline and free-ranging variations on melodic ideas via a mesmerising progression of harmonics, cleanly picked notes, full chords and string-bending arab-esques… Son of the Black Peace is a 37 minute gem of an album” (The Wire Magazine)
“A startingly original sound…enough to establish McPhee as a serious new six string force **** ” (Record Collector Magazine)
“Arguably the best solo guitar record of the past few years 10/10”. (Foxy Digitalis)
Saif Mode is the moniker of Ben Hunter. He improvises with modular synths to create dense sonic landscapes that are unique to each performance. This quote from Sheffield Anti Fascist Network is an accurate description; "Saif Mode marries meditative drones and techno improvisations, recalling the utopian dreams of the Atomic Age and the simple piety of the early church. Equally at home on bills with improvised analogue electronica and raw black metal"
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