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Chris Watkins – Slide Guitar

I have recently moved to the Dumfries and Galloway area and I am currently seeking gigs and festival slots.
I am also interested in open mics, jams and busking, as well as possible collaborations with other musicians. I play slide guitar as my main style and can make it fit any genre.

'Top English slide guitar player Chris Watkins musical skills come from a passion for playing slide guitar in both electric and acoustic settings extremely inventively and with great skill.

He has performed throughout the UK and in the USA developing his style playing in Blues Clubs and Roots Music venues most notably in John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Bar in San Francisco. Since beginning his slide guitar journey, Chris has played at many Blues festivals including Colne (UK), Reivers Rock and Blues and Darlington (UK). He has played several times at the annual CAMRA real ale festival and has supported such well known professional folk players as The John Wright Band, Maurice Dixon and Kieron Halpin.

In 2011 Chris attended Blues week at Northampton University and met many slide players and other Blues artists. He was delighted to receive their approval, which included that of Britain’s number one acoustic slide player, Michael Messer and the European Blues Associations Michael Roach.
More recently, Chris has appeared at the Ventnor Music Festival, Isle of Wight and the Reivers Rock and Blues Festival in Northumberland.

Chris, has adapted his slide guitar playing to cover virtually any genre of music whether it originally includes slide guitar or not. His passion lies in Blues and Roots/Country based music. He also enjoys performing other genres. He has invested heavily in instruments including National resonator guitars, Fender guitars, a Duesenberg Pomona 6 lap steel as well as various flat top acoustic guitars, he also plays harmonica.

Chris is only truly happy doing what he loves most.........Playing Slide Guitar!

Chris Watkins – Slide Guitar personal history last updated: 18th July 2018

Screen name:
chris301472
Member since:
Jun 07 2015
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, Roy Rogers

Instrument experience:

Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Other:
Expert
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Beard resonator guitar roundneck (spider bridge)
Michael Messer resonator guitar roundneck (biscuit bridge)
Fender Stratocaster
Duesenberg lap steel
Tenor ukulele
Flat top acoustic guitar
AER Domino 2A
Roland Blues Cube Stage
Roland street cube EX