Gareth Pearson is referred to as “The Welsh Tornado” which is particularly appropriate, seeing as this special talent combines fingerstyle pyrotechnics, with explosive lead runs making Pearson one of the most exciting acoustic musicians gigging today.
Gareth’s distinctive style can be heard through his creative and innovative arrangements of Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Bruno Mars to his own beautiful and often intricate original compositions. Drawing his playing style initially from influences such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel, he has developed a style that is both inspiring and entertaining.
Within a year of taking up the guitar, Gareth was opening for Tommy Emmanuel on his 2005 UK tour. It was in Cardiff where Tommy invited Gareth to play at the CAAS convention (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society) in Nashville Tennessee.
With appearances throughout Europe and a growing reputation, Gareth was invited to perform at the 2008 Canadian Guitar Festival where he came to the attention of Candyrat Records. This lay the seed for Gareth to be the first UK guitarist to be signed by the label. On its release, Gareth’s debut album “Urban Echoes Vol 1” was selected by Acoustic Guitar editors and frequent contributors as one of the “Essential Acoustic Albums of 2010”.
William Henry Russell
William Henry Russell is an award winning classical / fingerstyle guitarist, conservatory trained classical musician, and an established composer and arranger. He is the 2009 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, the 2018 Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and the third place finalist at the 2018 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield Kansas “Bill” received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Boston Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Music from Florida State University. Performing in countless churches, cafes, concert halls, and festivals he has honed his craft while entertaining audiences for almost 40 years. Bill has perfected his own distinctive solo guitar style that bears a deeper understanding of the music conveyed through an impeccable classical technique. He enters into every performance with this J.S. Bach quote in his heart and mind: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”