Even the most seasoned musos will watch Jon Gomm with their mouths uncontrollably hanging open. Gomm uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and sparkling melodies all at the same time. It’s a bit like watching someone pat their head, rub their stomach and type a novel with their feet. He manages to sing on top of all this, with material that draws inspiration from sources as diverse as Robert Johnson, Radiohead, Roni Size and Prince.
Acoustic Magazine called him ‘one of the world’s most successful, gifted and inspirational guitar players’ and you can’t say fairer than that. He started on the ukulele aged two and soon graduated to the guitar. Turning down a place to read English at Oxford he instead chose The Guitar Institute in London. You can sense a sharp parental intake of breath. But academia’s loss was rock ‘n’ roll’s gain.