Welsh Guitar Virtuoso Gareth Pearson at Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus


20 year-old Welsh Fingerstyle Guitarist Performs Free Concert for the Durham Community at Trent University Oshawa, October 6 at 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 30, 2010, Oshawa

Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus invites the Trent Community along with the Greater Durham community to a free concert performed by Welsh, fingerstyle-guitarist Gareth Pearson on Wednesday, October 6 at 5 p.m.

Fingerstyle guitar, a rich and evolving mixture of country, folk, classical, blues, jazz and flamenco, creates the effect of several guitars being played at once.  Guitar musicians such as Merle Travis, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bruce Cockburn have been a part of the tradition.

Gareth Pearson is widely recognized as a great emerging talent and innovator in the virtuoso form of fingerstyle guitar. Masters of fingerstyle such as Tommy Emmanuel and Andy McKee praise his musical talent and stage presence.  At age 17 he was personally invited to perform for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in Nashville.

Mr. Pearson, commonly known as the Welsh Tornado, has played internationally and delighted crowds at the Montreal Jazz festival last year. In addition to multiple regular appearances at various prestigious folk festivals, Mr. Pearson has conducted master classes at the University of Milwaukee and a number of performing arts centres. He has just returned from New York and after his performance at Trent University Oshawa he will be going on tour in Ireland.

“Gareth Pearson is no average guitar player. He is in fact a living record of what can be achieved with an applied mind and a great passion for pursuing what it is you love doing,” reads a feature article in Acoustic Magazine (UK).

Free public events, lectures, concerts and talks continue to be part of Trent University Oshawa experience at the new Thornton Road campus.


For more information, please contact: Peter Lapp (905) 435- 5001