Mike Dawes is a 23 year-old English virtuoso guitar player known for composing, arranging and performing multiple parts simultaneously on one instrument. He began his musical adventure at the age of four, when his parents introduced him to The Blues Brothers. In his early childhood he experimented with keyboards before picking up his first electric guitar at age twelve. Mike switched to steel-stringed acoustic guitar in 2008.
His early influences were Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, and John Gomm. From late 2008 to late 2011 Mike performed hundreds of instrumental concerts at venues and festivals throughout the United Kingdom both solo, and with concert harpist Amy Turk. He has performed alongside and shared the bill with a large selection of well-known musicians including Tommy Emmanuel.
He released a unique and technically virtuosic arrangement of “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye that went viral, gaining acclaim from the international music community. The likes of MSN News and Reddit all featured him on the front page of their websites. A headline on the US MSN Browser spawned a huge influx of American fans while Gotye (Walter de Backer) himself publicly praised the arrangement in numerous international publications.
For you guitar hounds, he plays guitars made by Nick Benjamin exclusively. I think you’re going to like him.
Boogie slam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuRBGpEHcnI
Somebody I used to know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1bzUaf_gvU
So long Michael: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUA6t9swkVo&feature=related
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZSzmim4brk&feature=related
Celtic tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXLCq1b7-4s
The impossible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYksCAhjthk
Scotch Pancake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5pYjVjBo7E
Lounge Bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmkvJL38_Jw
The violet and the bee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSkKUlVwtfI
I suggest a 2007 Eguia Reserva Rioja ($10.00) while you listen to Mike. I often shop wines at Costco and this one caught my eye. Ten dollar Riojas are generally reliable wines, but this one was way more than reliable. The wine is dark purple with a nose of red fruit and spices. The pallet is full of red raspberries, black cherries, and dark plums accented by a bit of oak. The finish is clean and elegant with mild tannins. It certainly didn’t taste like a $10.00 Rioja, but it goes great with the guitar virtuosity of Mike Dawes.