Ready for the Times To get better – Crystal Gayle
Sukiyaki – Kyo Sakamoto
Jolene – Dolly Parton
The Entertainer – Scott Jopplin
Spoonful of Sugar – Sherman Bros
Magnificent 7 – Elmer Bernstein
Jerry’s Breakdown – Jerry Reed
Tiger Rag – Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Crazy – Willie Nelson
Clap – Steve Howe
Mr Sandman – Pat Ballard
Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa
Bring your sandwich lunch to eat while you listen and we’ll provide a cup of tea or coffee.~
Nick Tudgey was born in 1995 in Fareham and spent his first years in Stubbington. He became really interested in music when he was at Henry Court Community College, Fareham, where he played mandolin in the school’s concert band and lead guitar in a rock band he formed in his final year. It was here that he really got the bug for playing. He decided he really wanted to study music at College and earned a place at the Academy of Music and Sound in Southampton where he studied for 2 years. It was here that he developed and improved his technique for fingerstyle guitar.
Style of Music
Recognised by musicians the world over as one of the top young guitarists in the UK, Nick Tudgey is known for his unique approach to the instrumental music known as fingerstyle guitar, taking foundations of playing laid down by legends such as Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, and blending them with many styles of music and musicians, from rock icons such as Ritchie Blackmore and Mark Knopfler, to John Dowland, the 16th century lutenist and composer.
In 2014, Nick played for BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans at his Children in Need Charity fundraiser, the same year, he became the only instrumental musician ever to compete at Open Mic UK, one of the UK’s largest competitions for singers, getting as far as the semi-finals and never sang a word. And in July 2018, was an international guest at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. In November the same year, he was enrolled into the MAS Records Scheme, sponsored by Robert Plant of Led Zepplin.
About Fingerstyle Guitar
Fingerstyle guitar is a style of playing that allows the performer to play all the parts of a band on one instrument. Playing the bass and some of the rhythm with the thumb on the right hand, and playing melodies, harmonies and other rhythm parts with the fingers, Percussion can also be added in various ways. Elements of entertainment can be enhanced with various tricks, such as introducing ‘the band’ one part at a time or playing two songs at once.