Join Two of the most prominent members of the Belfast finger-style guitar scene in a celebration of the words most popular stringed instrument.
Join Gavin Ferris and David Browne Murray for an evening of FREE music as they perform two extended solo sets demonstrating not only their own unique and totally contrasting styles but also the versatility, flexibility and full tonal range of the acoustic guitar.
Expect deep driving bass tones, great melodies, percussion and advanced techniques as well as a few of your favourite rock, pop and dance tunes your bound to leave spell bound and with a new love, appreciation and understanding of the acoustic guitar.
Belfast’s own Gavin Ferris has been performing live for a number of years now and has been wowing audiences with his take on acoustic, fingerstyle, guitar playing.
In 2007, after being inspired by other guitar players such as Antoine Dufour, Tommy Emmanuel, Thomas Leeb and more famously Andy McKee, Gavin adopted a more percussive style of playing incorporating other forms of music such as rock, metal, flamenco, jazz and blues while still trying to hold on to his traditional roots.
This unusual blend of musical styles has culminated in a unique and exciting sound that Gavin is fast becoming known for.
To date Gavin has played in many high profile music venues such as the ulster hall, the black box, the Queens hall (Newtonards), and has performed alongside guitar legends such as Duo Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Preston Reed and Chris Woods Groove. Gavin has played in numerous festivals such as the Feile an phobail (Belfast) , Maiden City Festival (Derry), Belfast Guitar Festival and to date he holds the record for being the only person in the history of the Ards International Guitar Festival to be invited back 3 years in a row.
He is currently writing new material for his début Album, is taking part in a TV project for SKY ARTS and is one half of an up and coming guitar duo The Acoustic Collective.
David Browne Murray is probably the most distinguished and renowned figure within finger-style Guitar movement in Belfast. At the forefront of the scene his musical technique and style both amazes and enraptures the audiences who cant help but stop, listen and take heed.
Not only is David clearly natural player and born guitar enthusiast but he also has some serious credentials to back him up. From 2004 to 2008 David managed to get a number of high profiled achievement’s under his belt including being named Young guitarists of the year at the Ards international guitar Festival, was given an award for Outstanding Contribution to the City of Belfast School of Music Concert Band, and was Active member of the Music Department, St. Malachy’s College in the run-up to the College securing specialist status in music.
2011 was a big year for David as he was crowned overall winner the prestigious Yamaha International Six String Theory Competition held in Big Fork, Montana U.S.A, beating competitors from over 40 countries. The judges included guitar virtuosos and music industry veterans such Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Scott Tennant, Scott Goldman, Gary Tennant and Ken DePron. As a result David was given an endorsement from D’Addario String Company, was a Featured artist in the 2012 National Guitar Workshop Clinic Tour which took place in the U.S and was invited all expenses paid to the first ever National Guitar Workshop which was held in Hamamatsu, Japan. in the same year he also played support to Jan Ackerman in Belfast and Dublin.
Since then David has released his debut album “Lift and Drag” which has been well received within the finger-style community and continues to play at large scale venues and festivals most recently being Alien vibrations Festival and The Bare in the woods Festival and Providing support for Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)) in the Ulster Hall.