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The UK's longest running acoustic guitar show returns

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Acoustic Avalon Returns

After a well-earned break last year, we’re pleased to announce the return of Britain’s longest running guitar show Acoustic Avalon……with a twist!

The twist this year is that the show will be held in our very own Showroom! We’ve noticed over the years that many show regulars know of us and the show, but have never been to our store so why not welcome you through our own doors?! For those of you who have been to our store you’ll know how big our showroom is, and with purpose built tryout rooms and stage area it lends itself perfectly to holding an event like Acoustic Avalon!

We’re right next door to Leicester train station, and there’s also multi-storey parking just across the road.

We will once again have a huge selection of guitars to try from, from the likes of Lowden, Maton, Collings and many more, as well as advice from ourselves and other experts in the guitar industry. We will also have live performances and masterclasses throughout the day, and a concert on the Saturday evening featuring the fantastic Jacques Stotzem. We will be updating this page with new confirmed artists as we get them so stay tuned in….

Jacques Stotzem - Confirmed artist for Acoustic Avalon 2016

Jacque Stotzem  - Sheehans Acoustic Guitar Show In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the “fingerstyle” guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 14 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine «Akustik Gitarre» have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.

That’s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.

Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company “Martin Guitar”, produces an “OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model”, a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques.

Want to know more? Visit the Jacques Stotzem site

Matt Marriott

Matt is an endorsee and demonstrator for both Faith Guitars and Laney Amplifiers and has performed at numerous festivals and clinics across the British Isles and Europe. Famed for both his percussive styles and fingerstyle playing, Matt has opened for premier acts such as Albert Lee, Wishbone Ash and his own guitar hero Gordon Giltrap!

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