Mike Dawes / 2007 / Guildford
Mike began his musical adventure aged four, when his parents introduced him to The Blues Brothers. In his early childhood he experimented with keyboards before picking up his first electric guitar at 12. Instantly taking to the guitar, Mike quickly became involved with the local music scene, involving himself in numerous bands and projects. In 2003, at 13, Mike reached the semi-finals of Jimmy Page's 'Riffathon' competition.
Having experimented with tapping techniques on his old Les Paul, in late 2007 he picked up his first acoustic guitar, A modified Taylor dubbed 'Jean Claude'. He proceeded to embark upon a solo career which saw performances across southern England, it was during this time that he developed his style, a unique blend of genres with a touch of humour.
Since forming 'Mike Dawes & Amy Turk', Mike has been honoured to share the stage with some truly world class musicians. He is currently writing and performing with Nick Benjamin's 100th guitar (Alpine Spruce/Cocobolo), A beautifully rich sounding guitar that compliments his style perfectly
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