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Richard Smith

World-renowned Fingerstyle Guitarist

Richard Smith

From Bach to Beatles
and barn-burners to ballads

Audiences delight, when world-renowned
fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith cuts loose

After witnessing one of his live performances, fellow musicians and music lovers alike sing hymns of praise about world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith. With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavors, he will melt your heartstrings, make your toes tap and your jaws hang open. Richard's ever-growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music, from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags just like Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and from Django Reinhardt gypsy swing to Richard Smith’s own intriguing originals. He delivers both lightning-fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, while spicing them with wonderful vocals.

His incredible stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.

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