Jon Boyes, Spanish Guitarist

Biography

Jon took up the guitar in his early teens and has been a keen player for thirty years. Just a few years after taking up the instrument he was giving solo performances in public and since then he has played a variety of music, both solo and in bands, to audiences across the UK.

After many years of playing rock and pop, Jon began studying the classical guitar under the tutelage of Malcolm McKiver and Steve Gordon eventually achieving a grade 8. Always drawn to the Spanish repertoire, Jon soon discovered a passion for flamenco and began accompanying flamenco dance classes, eventually giving performances with professional dancer Mercedes Romero as part of the ensemble Flamenco Vivo and studying flamenco guitar with virtuoso Ricardo Marlow.

Now with a repertoire that covers Classical, South American and Flamenco music, Jon is a true devotee of the Spanish guitar in all its incarnations. From solo guitar classics like Cavatina and Classical Gas to the laid back Mediterranean rumbas of the Gipsy Kings, Jon's repertoire includes some of the most popular and romantic guitar on record. Add to this a smattering of flamenco, plus his own arrangements of music by Sting and Dire Straits, and you have an entertaining and varied mix of Spanish guitar music.

Yet despite drawing on a wide range of influences, Jon still manages to come up with a trademark sound of his own and he is now one of the most sought after guitarists for weddings, corporate events and other functions in the South West. Jon also composes his own music, drawing on traditional Latin American and Flamenco melodies for inspiration. His eagerly awaited debut CD 'Haçienda', featuring his own compositions, is available for purchase.

As well as playing solo, Jon can be seen performing with Mark Barnwell as part of Flamenco/Latin guitar duo Esperanto.

Email Jon or tel/text 0778 750 2172 for a free quotation to provide music at your event.

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