We are delighted to welcome Will McNicol and Luke Selby back to The Art House.
Will's playing has won him numerous awards, including Guitarist Magazine's coveted UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2011, held at London's Southbank Centre. He has been tutored by world-class classical and acoustic guitarists including Gerald Garcia, Stuart Ryan and Thomas Leeb.
Will’s music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces. His performances have been described as “beautifully flawless”, as he swaps between nylon and steel string guitars to show the sheer variety of tone guitars can offer.
Performing live is something Will has done regularly for years, and his gigs have seen him share stages and bills with a huge variety of fantastic musicians from folk legend Martin Simpson to festival-headliners Mumford & Sons.
Composing is a big part of Will's musical life, and he has released four albums of original material, of which the latest three are available to purchase at gigs or via the online shop. He has been commissioned to write music for theatre, dance and film.
Watch Will Here:
Luke has a vast knowledge of playing styles and is of equal ability in all. Luke was heavily influenced by the funk grooves of 'David Garibaldi', 'Bernard Purdie' and 'Dennis Chambers' and the Latin rhythms of 'Alex Acuna' and 'Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez', their influence is reflected in his playing style today.
He is a drum teacher for the Academy of Contemporary Music regional centre. He is currently studying a Licentiate Diploma with Trinity College of Music and also has studied with some of the best drummers in the country including Steve White, Paul Brodie and Craig Blundell. Luke has played with numerous function groups and bands across Dorset of varying styles, he is also a keen pianist and has now entered the world of composition and songwriting.
Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand-selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
<-- They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
We recommend Kings Park Road car park:
We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please click here for details of how to find us.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please don't bring your own food or drink to The Art House.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The best way is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If you have a smartphone, we prefer that you save paper and show us your ticket on a phone.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are not refundable unless the event is cancelled.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the person making the booking is with you, that's fine.
Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
We also have a full programme of regular groups, workshops and socials here - click here for more information about these and to visit our main website.
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