Acclaimed Classical Guitarist comes to Commonweal

gary-playing1Thursday 10th December, Commonweal C6 proudly present and evening of classical guitar with the highly talented internationally acclaimed guitarist Gary Evans. (
Amazing piece here on Youtube
I can assure you, guitar lover or not that this is going to be one fantastic evening! Support from Commonweal’s very own award winning guitarist James Daubney ( and fellow guitarist Rory Evans (
There is also an afternoon workshop on the same day from 4pm for any budding classical guitarists. This is open to all family members & the wider community.

Message  James to sign up for FREE!

Tickets are £7 from James Daubney email or tel 01793 612727. Doors open 6.30pm, licenced bar, free parking.
Guitarist Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument and has won international critical acclaim for his exceptional technical control, profound musical insight and entertaining recital programmes. He is also well known for his highly innovative guitar compositions and in May 2013 was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, London, by HRH Prince Charles in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the international musical world.

“…jewel-like precision …technical prowess …such fluency and musicality.”
The Daily Telegraph

“…one of the most accurate guitarists in the business….a level of precision that could easily have been released on CD with scarcely a retake. I promise this is no exaggeration…”
Classical Guitar Magazine

“…I sat up for a guitarist of outstanding musicality called Gary Ryan …impeccable but pliant strength that handsomely defined the contours of the writing…”
The Independent

A high point was Gary Ryan’s playing …Ryan showed his sheer prowess…”
The Observer

“… the classical guitarist Gary Ryan left his audience spell-bound by his versatility and the astonishing range of sounds he produced from his instrument…”
The Gulf Times

“…here is a player who knows what magical sounds can be coaxed from the guitar. His technique is formidable…the whole recital was a delight …high class musicianship.”
Musical Opinion

“…staggering technical facility around the fingerboard… Ryan demonstrates his outstanding compositional skills with his own extensive six-movement guitar solo work depicting scenes from the ‘Wild West’, a 26-minute descriptive tour de force of highly technically challenging repertoire which just happens to be exceedingly good fun to listen to.”
Classical Guitar Magazine

The gig is supported by Commonweal’s very own ex – student and staff member James Daubney. An accomplished solo acoustic guitarist, James combines his classical roots with flamenco techniques creating a new modern approach to the instrument. He was the winner of the young acoustic guitarist competition 2013 on Acoustic Soundboard. He received the performance prize upon graduating from Brunel University.
Rory Evans is also supporting. In the last few years he has supported: Mick Ralphs, Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, Ray Burley, Clive Carroll, Elliot Randall, Mike Dawes, PJ Wright, Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention), Brooks Williams, Roland Chadwick and Mitch Laddie.

He has played at many festivals: Cambridge Rock Festival, Summerbreeze Festival, Swindon Pride, Elmbridge Music Festival, Riverside Festival, Banbury Folk Festival, Banbury Steam Rally, Woodstock Live!… and many many others I’ve forgotten!

“Rory Evans – Virtuoso acoustic guitar player of jazz, blues and folk covers –influences range from Hendrix and John Renbourn to Miles Davis. Very young and very hot!”
Banbury Folk Fest


About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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