When it comes to playing the guitar, Guthrie Govan doesn’t strum it gently; he almost makes the strings catch on fire from his fast-paced finger moves and electric performances.
English guitar player and teacher Govan – who is perhaps one of the best guitarists in the world – will bring a new kind of musical atmosphere to Downtown Live in Nicosia on Monday, when he will take to the stage.
Govan started playing guitar at the age of three and played his first gig at the age of five. He appeared on UK national television four years later and then went on to win the 1993 Guitarist of the Year contest, with his piece ‘Wonderful Slippery Thing’.
He has been obsessed with the guitar from the moment he picked one up. At a young age he began listening to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll music and worked out chords and solos from listening to the records. After dropping out of university to concentrate on his music career, he sent off demos and got a record deal.
Ever since then, he has worked with the bands The Aristocrats (a rock-fusion trio), Asia and GPS (both of whom are progressive rock bands) and The Young Punx (an electronic dance music band). He has made solo appearances with his project Erotic Cakes. He has also worked with the award-winning Hollywood soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer.
So, if you are a guitar fan and want to see a real master at work, catching Govan on his visit to our island is a must.
Live performance by guitar player. January 22. Downtown Live, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 99-912840