An ever-present at Ullapool since the first festival, Clive Carroll is recognised as one of the outstanding acoustic guitarists of his – or indeed any other – generation. He made his performing debut at the age of six, playing a home-made cut-down banjo with the family show band in Essex. There followed a musical education that culminated in a first-class degree in Guitar and Composition from Trinity College, and umpteen prizes and awards, including the prestigious Ivor Mairants Award. Since then he has toured extensively and recorded with everyone who’s anyone in the guitar world.
Clive’s first album Sixth Sense (2000) was described as “a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar”. One of Clive’s collaborators tonight said of him, “He just keeps raising the bar.” And indeed every year he always seems to have gone to new places in his music. We look forward to seeing where he’ll take us this time round.
Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players.
Originally from Airdrie, John’s musical career began as an electric player, working as a session musician and sideman to numerous touring American artistes. A chance meeting with guitar legend Martin Taylor led to a fundamental change of direction to jazz and the acoustic guitar, and a collaboration that continues to this day with the Spirit of Django ensemble.
The list of guitarists who have invited John to work with them demonstrates how highly he is thought of in the guitar community: as well as Martin Taylor, John has played with Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson and the legendary Joe Pass, amongst many others.
For the guitar geeks, John plays a Martin 0M28V and use an AER colouriser D.I box and T Rex Reverb pedal in a live situation. He also uses Wegen picks.
Allan is one of Scotland’s leading classical guitarists, and is Professor of Guitar at the RCS, where he plays a central role in fostering the development of so many fine musicians. Allan is a master of tone production and technical control, and is a hugely expressive musician. He is also an energetic promoter of the instrument through his work with Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend.