Andy McKee is finger-pickin' good - US acoustic roots master to wow with UK tour

Posted: 14th October 2010

It's not often I'm impressed by the big hitters on You Tube (I tend to ignore what the masses deem amazing, X Factor etc) but, I kid you not, if you like Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie and the like, you might just get a bit excited by the talented guitarist Andy McKee.

His style is a combination of string-picking and using the guitar's body as a drum with an admirable repertoire that draws from his own self-penned pieces as well as the occasional cover, the most popular of which is "Everybody Rules The World" (Tears For Fears). His most recent album is called "Joyland" and to celebrate the release, he is coming to the UK next year for a string of intimate concerts. You really won't want to miss this.

The first port of call is Guernsey on 1st Feb 2011, followed by a magical looking evening at the Union Chapel in Islington on the 4th, before heading off to Leicester, Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham, Manchester and finally Glasgow on 25th February. The full roster is below and tickets cost approx £15-£17 plus fees.

Have a look at the man's technique (honed from years of practice and influences such as Metheny and Michael Hedges) on the video, a track from "Joyland" called "Never Get Old". Check out "Drifting" as well, the video that's racked up over 30 million views so far!

Paul Pledger