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Guitar duo at the Sage.

NEXT Friday, there is a chance to catch two engaging guitarists at the Sage. Either one would be a worthy attraction but to have John Williams and John Etheridge in tandem is a rare pleasure. Williams, probably the finest classicallybased guitarist of his generation, has expanded his audience beyond that genre. He was born in Melbourne to a British father and Australian-Chinese mother but he has spent almost his whole life in the UK.

His father, a jazz guitarist, taught him. As a 12-year-old, he studied with the unimpeachable king of classical guitar, Andres Segovia, in Spain.

He went on to study at the Royal College of Music and subsequently - among his near 200 recordings - made albums with Julian Bream and Paco Pena and, famously, with Cleo Laine. He also recorded with the fusion band, Sky. Williams also has a long association with the charity Amnesty International. John Etheridge is equally eclectic in his approach to music. Although always associated with jazz, Etheridge has a broad range of collaborative efforts to his name. From work with Stephane Grappelli's band to the more experimental outlook of Soft Machine, he has also hooked up with bassist Danny Thompson, Fairport Convention (and Soft Machine) fiddler, Ric Sanders, to the Zappatistas, the band dedicated to the work of Frank Zappa.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2009
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