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 chris: guitar virtuoso

“Guitar players don’t come any better than Chris Newman.. I’d blithely cross snow-capped mountains and ford raging rivers to see him play” THE LIVING TRADITION


Chris is an entirely self-taught virtuoso who's been obsessed with the guitar since the age of four, when he badgered his parents into buying one for him.

A "brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar" (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH) and a "dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA), whose work is "nothing short of brilliant" (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He is one of the few people who can be called a master of Celtic, European swing jazz and American bluegrass styles.

At fourteen he played his first paid gig in a folk club.He met the great swing guitarist Diz Disley in his late teens and played with him the length and breadth of the UK. Diz was responsible for re-launching Stéphane Grappelli onto the world stage after a period of relative obscurity, and through him Chris had the good fortune to play with Grappelli’s band for a while. Chris still cites guitarist and band-member Denny Wright as the primary influence on his distinctive and melodic style of improvisation.

His fourth solo album Still Getting Away With It is
“Astonishing - a joy-filled romp through blues, back-porch pickin', Quebec reels, Django swing jazz chordings, bluegrass, African high- life, ragtime, latin, Irish jigs and beyond, and a must-buy for any guitar player” * * * * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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