Gavin has been playing live in bands and solo since 1993, shows include supporting national group U2 UK. West Midlands based bands such as Liberation Works and The Lines have also greatly admired his advanced playing style.

Gavin has also attracted many performers to jam with him,  such as Steve Ajao’s Blues Giants, SKA FACE’s own Ben Marshall, Son of a Side Project, Niven Smith, and Fort William’s own Mark Mackenzie.

Acoustic Brew’s Dale Perry ranked Gavin as one of his top 5 favourite guitarists

Now earning respect from a wide range of audiences with the ‘Gav and Emelye’ acoustic duo,  they have been in demand to perform since their first practice together.

What a guitarist, glad we’re not following Gav’s performance”            James and Tony

“Gav is the BEST unsigned Guitar player from Birmingham I’ve seen,  for technical ability nivensmithbeechwood-leveled-1alone.”  Niven

I want Gav in my band!!!!       Paul

“Gavin is one of the BEST performers I’ve seen live.”

Brilliant playing, Gav.  I LOVE that style of playing you’ve got going on”                          Desmond Ecka

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“You’re like nothing like I’ve ever seen before,  you play to another level”  audience member


“I’ve gotta film the guy,   what a player!”        Cole



“Hey Gav,  can’t thank you enough for taking me in as a student and giving me the confidence to go do my thing with my guitar and band, I’m mega excited,     thank you!”                         Pete J




“Learning Bass with Gav is brilliant, my certificate is framed and displayed at home pride of place”                       AS    2016

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“Gav should write a book on music theory.”                                     Bamba

“Watching Gav work music out is just black magic.”                             DC

“A gifted tutor.”                       Kath  (Manager)

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Another distinction, I can’t believe in that :-)) Gavin is absolutely a good and fantastic teacher!








Donal and Sean grade in their chosen instrument
Compliments to the families for the use of photos.
Eddie, my youngest achiever gained the highest mark for his grade,  he’s got a new Guitar for Christmas that he continues to practice on.
Sean has been with me since the start of my career teaching ‘one to one’ and has certainly come a long way.   He has just earned another grade that he took in 2011.
Eddie gains a distinction for electric guitar! 

Gav and Niven in the studio 2013

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Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre 2012

Glenn watches Gav play
Playing bass for the local blues band
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Performing the Gav and Emelye set

“I play in a band but Gavin playing Guitar is something else to watch”   Glenn

The Volunteer Arms Fort William


“Great song choices, the crowd loved it”


“Love the John Lee Hooker feel you’ve got going on”   -Andy

Ashley Hotel Performance 2012

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“When you started using harmonics it really hit a nerve”
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“As a drummer of our band I thought your use of loud and soft tones on the Guitar were great, you knew exactly when to do it
“Your set was fantastic, you’re definitely playing for us again next time Gav!” – Julie Grigg (event organiser)

“I really enjoyed the acoustic performances especially (Gav’s) Roadhouse Blues totally awesome”


Oakleigh Music Festival 2011

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Speech MarksThanks for performing for us Gav, let us know if you’re available next year”    Oakleigh Music

 Gavin opens for Judgestock 2011


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I heard a guy play three notes of the Blues and had to come over to see who it was”          The Sphinx 

Long before I played Guitar I was really interested in rhythm and drumming, but didn’t get the chance to learn to play. At a Guitar exhibition in 2005, I met my favourite drummer, Chad Smith


Speech MarksGavin has an impressive fan base of students who take great interest in his style of teaching and music” 

Anna-Curriculum Leader


Speech MarksJust a word or two to thank you very much the time and effort that you have furnished me with in developing my guitar playing. Whilst you complement my efforts, it is down to your continued patience and tolerance that i have stuck at it, and continue to enjoy.”