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Clive Carroll


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Clive Carroll - described by Acoustic Guitar magazine as ‘Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain’. Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in a diverse range of music ever since. His father made him his first banjo in 1977 and a few years later he was playing in the family band. At 9 he started to play the guitar and a few years later he joined a Soul group and several orchestras.

In 1998, he gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College, London and whilst there he was also awarded a Prize to record Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ with the Trinity orchestra.

One night in 1998, Clive was given the opportunity to play a local show alongside British guitar hero John Renbourn. That night Renbourn encouraged him to record a solo album, and finally in 1999 after opening up for World class Guitar/Harp duo Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh (who also happen to own the ‘Old Bridge Music’ record company) Clive was given his first record deal. The result was Sixth Sense (2000) and it has since been described as ‘a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar’.

Over the next two years John Renbourn took Clive on tour throughout Europe and the USA. 2002 saw the recording of Pachelbel’s Canon for BMG/RCA Victor but Clive’s next full-length solo album, ‘The Red Guitar’, wasn’t completed until late 2004. Earlier that year he was also introduced to Australian Guitar Legend, Tommy Emmanuel and he invited Clive to join him on a tour of Australia.


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  • lappado

    Cheers to Clive and his terrific playing. This guy is probably one of the most versatile guitarists I've ever seen. I went to both a concert and a workshop with him at Tommyfest UK 2008 this easter, and I found him to be a very nice guy, a great teacher and as I've already mentioned: an amazing performer. Check him out!

    26 Mar 2008 Reply

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