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Frank Turner

Frank Turner has emerged as one of the UK’s finest songwriters, from his early days in post hardcore noiseniks MillionDead to the all conquering folk punk that has pushed him from the small clubs to headlining Brixton Academy and becoming a firm festival favourite. So much so that in 2012 Frank became the first independent artist to sell-out Wembley Arena. In this same year, Danny Boyle chose Frank to perform at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

The future only seems brighter, with new albums released pretty much every year, Frank’s rabid fanbase can’t wait to hear the new material, as well as see him at his high energy, fan friendly shows.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

The meteoric rise of this Northern Irish three piece over the last twelve months has been unstoppable. Arguably no other British act has captured the imagination of young indie fans as much as 2DCC, with audiences all around the world blown away by their ridiculously catchy brand of electro pop. Signed to the super cool French Kitsune label, their debut album ‘Tourist history’ was released last year, charting around the world and receiving glowing reviews.

Lead guitarist Sam Halliday plays a Farida CT-60 with custom Bigsby, currently the only model of its type in the world.

SANDI THOM

In 2006 Sandi Thom’s infamous debut single ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’ topped the charts in seven countries with the ensuing album ‘Smile… It Confuses People‘ shifting nearly two million copies to date worldwide.

Thom’s new album ‘Merchants & Thieves‘ was released in May, topping the UK iTunes Blues Chart and No.5 in the respective U.S. Chart. The album showcases a new sound from Sandi Thom, bringing to light her passion for the blues, and featuring one of the most celebrated guitarists in the world today, Joe Bonamassa.

To mark this shift to a more guitar led sound Sandi and Farida have collaborated on a stunning new guitar design, the Farida SF-55ce, which is now Sandi’s official signature model guitar.

THEA GILMORE

Thea is often referred to as one of the finest songwriters of her generation, and quite rightly so. The benefit of starting so young is evident in Thea’s songwriting, fresh and original, yet informed by nearly fifteen years in the industry, not bad for an artist only just into her thirties. With a string of fantastic albums behind her, and collaborations with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Joan Baez, Thea’s sound continues to go from strength to strength.

Thea plays both the Farida J-66N Jumbo and M-26VSB models.

THE LEVELLERS

Not so much a band as an institution, The Levellers have built a reputation and a following like no other since forming in 1988. With their blend of Punk and traditional Folk The Levellers became the ultimate UK festival band for a generation, armed not just with great songs, but with a political agenda as well.
Singer and frontman Mark Chadwick also released his debut solo album ‘All the pieces’ last year.

Mark plays the Farida D-32E acoustic.

Steve Rothery

Steve Rothery

Steve Rothery has quietly built a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected guitarists over a period of 33 years. It was in 1979 that Steve auditioned for Silmarillion at the age of 15. The band would later become Marillion, and broke though to the mainstream with a string of top ten singles in the 1980s. The band still enjoys a huge and loyal international following.

Steve has been hailed for his gift for crafting melodies, and creating atmospheres, along with his superb tone, ambitious layered guitar arrangements, and inventive use of effects processors. His unique, and renowned musical touch, and a desire to share his knowledge led him to form the British Guitar Academy.

Currently Steve is putting the finishing touches to Marillion’s eagerly awaited new album, ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’, before heading off on a European tour.

Steve Rothery plays the Farida Artist Designed A-SR Acoustic Guitar.

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