Preview: Martin Taylor's birthday tour

The top-flight guitarist and composer celebrates his 60th birthday with a 13-date solo tour including concerts in Dundee, London and Whitby

Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and educator Martin Taylor (pictured right) marks his 60th birthday and 45 years as a touring artist with a series of solo concerts in October. Starting in Fareham on 14 October, Taylor will travel to 13 towns and cities across the country including London, New Milton, Colchester, Guildford, Whitby, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness, Lichfield and Uppingham.

Taylor is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost exponents of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar. His musical career has spanned five decades and includes more than 100 recordings, an MBE, two honourary doctorates and many international awards. He has 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.

His reputation for dazzling solo concerts - with a signature style that artfully combines virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong and engaging stage presence - makes this tour one of the likely highlights of the autumn jazz calendar.

Tour dates are as follows:

Friday 14 October - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Saturday 15 October - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
Tuesday 18 October - Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 19 October - G Live, Guildford
Friday 21 October - Musicport Festival, Whitby
Tuesday 25 October - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Thursday 27 October - Band On The Wall, Manchester
Friday 28 October - Indigo O2, London
Monday 31 October - Uppingham School, Uppingham
Tuesday 1 November - Brindley Theatre, Runcorn
Wednesday 2 November - University Arts, Loughborough
Thursday 4 November - Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
Friday 5 November - Spectrum Centre, Inverness

For more information and ticket bookings go to the Martin Taylor website.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by John Watson

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