“Stand out performances dripping with atmosphere”
— Acoustic Magazine
Critically acclaimed UK singer-songwriter Jon Hart blends modern percussive fingerstyle guitar with emotive/gritty vocals and songwriting to create an awesome one-man acoustic experience. Although his technical abilities could be compared to the likes of Jon Gomm, Newton Faulkner and Petteri Sariola, he offers something distinctive in this small pool of virtuoso acoustic guitarist-singers. As one fan put it 'You have to see it to believe it'. The sole purpose for all Jon's compositions and arrangements, is to emulate them live. He does this with just one acoustic guitar and a vocal harmony pedal (to generate harmonies of his voice and a megaphone effect) without the use of a loop pedal.
Jon has received critical acclaim from across the acoustic guitar world with his debut album ‘Reborn’ (co-produced by Chris Woods Groove), fingerstyle-folk album 'Set Adrift' with Daryl Kellie and three EPs ‘Defuse’, ‘Sticks & Stones’ and ‘Momento’ (the latter produced by Declan Zapala). He has toured throughout the UK and Europe with performances at Isle of Wight Festival, London Acoustic Guitar Show, The Turner Sims Concert Hall, The Red Theater (Italy) and Ullapool Guitar Festival where he co-headlined with fingerstyle legend Preston Reed.
Growing up on the idyllic Isle of Wight, Jon was musical from an early age picking up the piano at 5 and then moving on to guitar and singing at 8. Before he found his acoustic calling, he fronted many bands, touring America with hard rock band Zhain and supporting Orbital and Gin Wigmore with Drum n Bass Rock outfit Opinaut. After equipping himself with a BA Hons in Music from Southampton University, he has now built up strong foundations in Surrey with multi-award-winning functions, in-demand guitar tuition & highly recommended session work.
In 2016/17, Jon teamed up with fellow fingerstyle guitarist & singer Daryl Kellie where they put together a unique collaboration album ‘Set Adrift’, which was inspired by a short musical tour on a narrow boat along the River Thames. This five-day journey resulted in a ten-track LP drawing influences from fingerstyle, folk and jazz.. In late 2017 Jon toured the UK with fingerstyle guitarist Maneli Jamal in collaboration with Cole Clark Guitars UK.
2019 will see the release of Jon's 3rd album 'Annual' along with a UK tour with fingerstyle and classical prodigy Billy Watman. He'll also be heading to Italy to record/film his 4th release - more details on that to come.
“A masterful guitar player”
— Guitar World
— Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk, BBC
“Raises the bar to impressive heights”
— David Sinclair – Rock and Pop Critic for The Times