Upcoming gigs and appearances
Luke first picked up a guitar as a fair haired six year old boy, after hearing the music of Queen and The Shadows in his grandfather’s record collection.
At aged 11, after discovering AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Metallica, he started learning the ways of rock and roll. He kept this up for many years, playing in local bands.
It wasn’t until he was 17 where (after a long night of extensive Youtubing), he came across a guitarist called Andy McKee playing ‘Drifting’. Having never seen fingerstyle guitar before, this blew his f**king mind! He then proceeded to learn and discover as much fingerstyle music as possible, listening to the works of Don Ross, Michael Hedges, Antoine Dufour and many more.
Luke started writing and recording his first album aged 19 with the help of Dan James (a school friend who had a home studio), while racking up as many gigs as he could get his hands on. He released ‘Atlantis Calling’ on 19th December 2011 to largely positive reviews. With this album came some very prolific gigs, including the annual Cardiff Real Ale & Cider Festival (where he performed to over 600 people), the St Donat’s Acoustic Festival (headlined by Thomas Leeb) and he placed 5th in the first ever UK Fingerstyle Championship (judged by Don Ross). During this time, he never stopped writing and performing new songs.
His second album, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, was released on 2nd September 2013, which broadened his sound with the use of loops and effects. The release of this album brought opportunities to support the likes of Ewan Dobson, John Gomm and Mike Dawes.
‘Automaton’, Luke’s third album is soon to be released on 3rd April 2016. This album draws on influences from the world of folk, film music and utilises new techniques at the forefront of fingerstyle guitar.
Luke has been described as “top shelf fret fiddler” and “guitar molester”. Decide for yourself at one of his shows!