Saturday 6 June 2009, Gareth Pearson, Holy Trinity Church, £10, £8 concession

Acoustic guitar player and composer from Cwmbran, South Wales, he made his first public performance in May 2003 at the Islwyn Guitar Club. In 2004, Gareth opened for Tommy Emmanuel and Johnny Dickinson at two venues in Wales. The Point in Cardiff, and The Patti Pavilion in Swansea. Just to get him used to playing at larger venues, the organiser arranged for Gareth to open for Southside Johnny and The Ashbury Jukes the week before. At the Cardiff concert, Tommy in front of a stunned audience invited Gareth to the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society(CAAS) held in Nashville. The next night in Swansea, Tommy had Gareth play for Mark Pritcher, President of the CAAS, over his mobile phone in the dressing room.

In between Nov 2004 and June 2005, Gareth supported the likes of Duck Baker and John Renbourn and again opened for Tommy and Clive Carroll. But it was at The Tommy Fest held in Windsor during March that will always stay in Gareth’s memory. He impressed so much during the open mic, that he was officially booked for the 2006 TommyFest. Also, it was at the Festival that Gareth was given his Maton Guitar as a gift by a fan and friend of Tommy’s, who was so impressed with Gareth’s playing, he thought it right that Gareth should have it. He also opened for Ray Davies of The Kinks at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
Since 2006 and devoting himself full-time to his music, Pearson has played over 100 shows, from the Guitar Festivals, to The London Philharmonic and Arts centres across the country. He is currently working on his first album.