Virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm for Róisín Dubh

STEPHEN FRY has hailed him a “genius”; David Crosby calls him “wonderful”; while Acoustic Magazine said he is a “gifted and inspirational guitar player”.

He is the British singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm who plays the Róisín Dubh next Wednesday at 8pm.

Jon’s interest in the guitar was kindled at the age of two by a ukulele. He wrote his first song at six, and was soon accompanying his father, a music critic, to gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would often stay at the Gomm household which led to Jon getting one-to-one guitar lessons from bluesmen Walter Trout and Bob Brozman.

These influences, combined with Robert Johnson and Radiohead, led Gomm to create his signature style, using the guitar to create drum sounds, basslines, and twisting melodies all at the same time.

“We have seen the future of acoustic guitar playing, and it is called Jon Gomm,” declared Blues Matters. See for yourself.

Tickets are available at www.roisindubh.net, the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street, and The Róisín Dubh.

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