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Jack Gillen trio w/ Darren Beckett and Phil Donnelly
20th December 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Jack Gillen began his musical life at age 7, studying classical guitar avidly before discovering Jimi Hendrix at age 15. This discovery opened up pathways into blues, jazz, rock and soul music, and ushered in an obsession with the electric guitar. After studying Jazz for 3 years at Leeds College of Music between 2010-2013, Jack returned to his hometown of London, cutting his teeth as a session guitarist/ co-writer/ musical director/ producer, working with artists in many different musical settings. After a few years of being a musical chameleon, he decided to dig deeper into his own identity as an artist and composer, the first evidence of this being his debut EP ‘The Long Way Down’ (released in the latter half of 2018). Fusing Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical influences into a distinctive style of his own, the EP featured melodically focused compositions, dark harmonic twists and turns, lots of dynamic improvisational interaction between musicians, and raw, stinging guitar tones. Now gigging this music (as well as a bunch of new compositions) with the grooving, explosive combination of Darren Beckett on drums and Phil Donnelly on bass, this guitar trio have been digging deeper into the material, with a new recording set to be released early 2020.