Preston Reed headlines Farncombe Music Club
January 16, 2013
Legendary guitarist Preston Reed headlines at Farncombe Music Club at St John’s Church in St, John's Street on Friday January 25.
Recognised internationally as one of the greatest guitarists in the world and as a ground-breaking innovator, drawing on blues, rock, funk and jazz influences among others, Preston’s vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectations of a guitarist.
The phrase “has to be seen to be believed” has never been truer.
You may experience a strange effect sensation when you watch Preston Reed live for the first time.
It involves shortness of breath, dropping of the jaw, extreme opening of the eyes and fizzing of the brain as it computes the musical madness being relayed by your ears.
These are all perfectly normal reactions to witnessing the guitar visionary of the 21st century.
The 53-year-old New Yorker is a one-man revolution.
He breaks convention and burns the rulebook of the past.
His unique style is impossible as with blurred hands he taps, tickles, slaps and soothes his instrument, fusing polyrhythmic percussion with emotive melody to create a sonic landscape.
Each piece is a symphonic tidal wave, yet Reed only needs one acoustic and ten fingers to send it crashing onto audiences across the planet.
Reed’s path had been familiar. He was a child of the Sixties, and cites his earliest memory as The Rolling Stones’ hit The Last Time, whose classic lick led him to early flirtations with the ukulele and a grounding in basic chords courtesy of his father. But a clear line was drawn in the summer of 1988, as the guitarist sat in his Minneapolis apartment and searched for a way to break out of a musical rut. Until that point,
He could reflect on three decades of glories including gigs with Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt, burgeoning sales of his 15 (and counting) studio albums, sold-out venues across three continents, untold hits on YouTube and the praise of both the man on the street and fellow six-string pioneers like Al DiMeola and Michael Hedges. If he were a statistician, he might refer to the 1997 live satellite broadcast on Turkish television that saw an audience of 120 million in 17 countries flood the switchboards after his performance.
But Preston Reed doesn’t deal in nostalgia. Twenty years after he changed the face of the acoustic guitar, this trailblazer still tours and records with a passion that flows into the hearts, heads and feet of his audiences, and continues to push his musicianship to a place where other guitarists fear to tread.
Special guest on the night will be the singer song writer Anna Neale. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7.45pm.