Mike Dawes
Mike Dawes

Mike Dawes is a young steel string guitarist from the South of England. Since discovering the music of Pierre Bensusan at an early age, Mike has been completely dedicated to the guitar (along with the more obscure music that comes with it).

Currently residing in the South of England, Mike has been stunning audiences and critics with his guitar playing since 2008. His music often defies description, taking influence from Celtic, Rock, World and Popular music.

"I've always been inspired by open tunings and fingerstyle players. My earliest musical memory was my Godfather playing Bensusan on his lovely Lowden O35."

Mike Dawes - Acoustic Magazine 2010

Mike has performed alongside, and in support of some of the world's most highly respected musicians, including:

Seth Lakeman

John Renbourn

Tommy Emmanuel

Pierre Bensusan

Erik Mongrain

Julie Felix

Thomas Leeb

Antonio Forcione

Guthrie Govan

Martin Harley/Martin Harley Band

Pino Forastiere

Trace Bundy

Petteri Sariola

Chris Wood

Robin Williamson

Jon Gomm

Karima Francis

....and many more!

Mike's debut single with CandyRat Records went viral instantly, with the likes of Gotye, Beardyman and Andy Mckee reposting the video. His music has been featured on the front pages of Reddit, Gawker and Collegehumour whilst MSN.com featured Mike at the top of their homepage, sandwiched between The Queen and Barack Obama.

Performance highlights include the International Guitar Festival, The Komedia Theatre and a headline concert on the Acoustic Stage at Tommy Emmanuel's 'Tommyfest', where he shared the bill with the Frank Vignola Trio, Gordon Giltrap and of course, Tommy Emmanuel.

He has been featured in numerous international publications including Guitarist, Acoustic and Acoustic Guitar magazines. His music has been played on BBC Radio, whilst being featured on international airwaves from Canada to Japan. 2010 saw Mike embark upon a 44 date UK tour, including shows at the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, Exeter Guitar Festival and Arts Centres nationwide.

Armed with a slightly less-than-sane attitude towards music, 2 wooden boxes and an ever persistent attitude, Mike Dawes is a world class musician with a fantastic reputation. Watch this space for news of his upcoming solo release, new videos and exciting tour dates.