Clive music that attracts high praise

THE String Jam Club will host Clive Carroll on Saturday in the Salmon Inn, Galashiels.

Carroll has been described by Acoustic Guitar magazine as ‘probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain’.

Born into a musical family in 1975, his father made him his first banjo when he was only two years old and he took up guitar at the age of nine.

After winning a string of awards and a first-class honours degree in composition and guitar from London’s Trinity College of Music, a chance opportunity to play in a local show alongside British acoustic guitar hero John Renbourn in 1998 took him on a different journey.

Renbourn encouraged Carroll to record a solo album, and in 2000 he released Sixth Sense, which has since been described as ‘a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar’.

Carroll toured throughout Europe and the USA with Renbourn and, in 2004, Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel invited him to join his tour of Australia.

He played shows with both Emmanuel and Renbourn worldwide and also released his second full-length solo album, The Red Guitar.

In 2005 he collaborated with Renbourn on the Sony Picture Classics film Driving Lessons, starring Julie Walters and Rupert Grint (of Harry Potter fame).

Carroll has continued with his own solo tours, including the International Guitar Night of America, collaborating with renowned guitarists Ralph Towner, D’Gary and Vishwa Moham Bhatt.

In 2006 he released a Guitar Maestros DVD for recording studio company Sound Techniques.

Between tours, Carroll is a visiting artist and tutor at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick, teaches and composes in his home county of Essex, and in 2008 released his third album Life In Colour.

Saturday will be Carroll’s first appearance at the String Jam Club and the gig kicks off at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced at 9 and are available in advance from the Salmon Inn.