Chris Woods

When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician.

A Guitar explorer and innovative collaborator. Chris Woods, recording as ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’, uses every inch of the guitar to create an inspirational sound in a diverse mix of lineups…

From pop-up guitar orchestras comprised of people who have never met, to working with interactive live electronics. From collaborations with Indian classical virtuosos, or jazz, pop and rock musicians to the simplicity of solo acoustic guitar – the sounds he creates are always unique. Most recently his solo show ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’ billed as a ‘one man show of epic proportions’ won the best instrumentalist at The Buxton Fringe.

Website:The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra 


Jake Puntis:

Southampton-born fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist, Jake Puntis has played all over the world. Having recently supported Jon Gomm on his autumn tour, this year marks 20 years of graft for his craft.

Website: Muscaria E.P. | Jake Puntis (

Jonathan Vernam:

Born in The New Forest, Jonathan began learning the guitar at the age of eight. By the age of ten, his vocation was clear and performances of his original compositions helped galvanise his early career. Throughout his teenage years, he performed many shows with his band all over the UK including locations such as London, Reading, Bournemouth, Portsmouth & Southampton. Other highlights of his early musical life include composing music for other musicians & recording in renowned London recording studios.

Jonathan studied guitar privately with Pamela Hassett ALCM and later continuing his studies to become a teacher of guitar himself. Trained in Classical guitar through London Trinity College & London college of music, Jonathan also received pivotal private tuition and masterclasses from world renowned players such as Will McNicol, Tristan Sueme, Karlijn Langendijk, Chris Woods, Eva Atmatzidou, Sandro Norton & Antonio Forcione.

Drawn inexorably to life as a musician, Jonathan has gone on to perform alongside some of the best guitarists in the world including, Chris Woods, Will McNicol and Clive Carroll and has received many awards and appreciations over the years for his musical efforts & achievements. This includes most recently finishing in 5th place at the 2022 World fingerstyle guitar players competition at the age of 37. 

Website: Stream Nathan Evans music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on SoundCloud

Event: Thursday 22 August  7:30pm
Bar open: 6.30pm
Tickets: £7

  • Chris Woods with his guitar smiling

Dates and times

  1. Thu 22 Aug 2024
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