Hello! I am a Glasgow-based guitar player with a BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University, where I received lessons from top guitarists on the Scottish scene such Taj Wyzgowski, Ged Brockie, and Haftor Medbøe. I previously completed my HND at North Glasgow College (now Glasgow Kelvin College) with tuition in guitar, performance, and musicianship skills, from some of Scotland’s best musicians, such as Kevin ‘Morph’ Dobie, Allan Bertram, Campbell Owens and Ed McFarlane. I am also employed as a part-time lecturer in the Music department at Glasgow Kelvin College.
My influences include John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Nile Rodgers and David Gilmour among others. I try to be as diverse a player as possible, and play everything from rock, jazz, funk and soul to commercial pop music.
I perform regularly at nightclubs as well as weddings all over Scotland as part of the function band D.M.S. who currently perform at Arta in Glasgow’s Merchant City and Edinburgh’s Ghillie Dhu. Keep an eye on my Live Dates section for all the latest gig updates!
I am currently involved in a experimental jazz project called Connected, led by Chris Whitehouse (drums), and featuring Euan Taylor (bass) and Jonathan Edwards (tenor saxophone). Having performed our first gig at the Glasgow Jazz Scene’s ‘Stretched’ evening, which takes place on the last Tuesday of every month at Bar Bloc on Bath Street, we have recorded our first album of original material, written by Chris Whitehouse. The session was recorded by Gus Stirrat at the Edinburgh Napier University Masters Studios.
I am also currently involved in a project with songwriters Emma Bryceland and Ross Campbell, under the name of Emma Nuèlle. The live band features Emma on vocals, myself on guitar, Lewis Shaw on bass and Ben Montgomery on drums. We have performed at the Glasgow Pride Festival, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and also a headlining show at Pivo Pivo, with more gigs to come!
I have occasionally taught at the Loud N’ Proud music school in Paisley. I have experience teaching young guitarists there from the ages of 8 to 15 approx. I also spent three months volunteering in the music department of North Glasgow College (now Glasgow Kelvin College) working with students from 17 and upwards. Additionally, I teach privately at home and I am also a certified member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can find out more on the Tuition page.
As of August 2014, I am employed as a Part-Time Music Lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College, where I teach modules for both schools groups and college students during the week.
Previously, I was a part of Edinburgh-based soul band Joy, performing original music written by songwriter Harry J. Brown, with several performances in Edinburgh venue Whistlebinkies.
In addition to my activities as a performing guitarist as well as teaching, I have written and recorded some my own songs, under the pseudonym new:monik. It is primarily acoustic music, influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith, Damien Rice and Nick Drake. My debut EP was released on July 7th 2013. You can find links to it on the new:monik page
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