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James Willis

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About James

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I am a guitarist, bassist and backing vocalist looking for function work or for collaboration work with producers or other musicians.

I began learning to play the guitar at 9 years old. Since then, I have gone on too complete the RockSchool grading syllabus, achieving my Grade 8 award with distinction in 2016. I have also recently completed my degree in Popular Music Performance from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. I have a good amount of live performance experience including playing in swing bands and rock ensembles, to name a few. My influences as a guitarist include Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collen. This list has extended over my many years of playing guitar which has made me very comfortable playing in many genres and styles. I am currently working hard on releasing original material as part of the band "Friend Street". I have worked with singer-songwriter Zac Barrow on the writing and recording of his debut single "Scream Queen", available to be listened to on Spotify.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop, Acoustic, R&B, Soul, Funk, Covers, Funk rock, Tribute, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, Blues, Jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears For Fears (Band and Acoustic)
My hero - Foo Fighters (Band and Acoustic)
One I love - R.E.M (Band and Acoustic)
Broken stones - Paul Weller (Band and Acoustic)
Slow dancing in a burning rom - John Mayer (Band and Acoustic)
Wonderful world - Louis Armstrong (Acoustic)
Chasing cars
Times likes these - Foo Fighters (Band and Acoustic)
Go your own way - Fleetwood Mac
Take me out - Franz Ferdinand
Rosanna - Toto
Here I Go again - Whitesnake
Jump - Van Halen
Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
Mr Brightside - The Killers
With or Without you - U2
By the way - RHCP
Everybody wants to rule the world - Tears for fears
Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
Dakota - Stereophonics
Love will tear us apart - Joy Division
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Chelsea Dagger - the fratellis
Town called malice - the jam
Heroes - David bowie
Aint no sunshine - Bill Withers
Purple Rain - Prince

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Louis F, 8 months ago

James is an extremely skilled guitarist. On New Years Eve, he performed a huge range of classics in which he was consistent and strong throughout. From Start Me Up to Purple Rain's insane solo, James performed with a great love and passion and really worked the audience. It was very enjoyable to watch him play as he was strong in all aspects of it, great guitarist with a great attitude for performing.