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About Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm is an English singer-songwriter and performer. He employs percussive techniques on acoustic guitar, and his influences include genres such as blues, soul, rock and metal and the musician Michael Hedges. He has recorded three solo albums.

Jon Gomm started playing ukulele at the age of two. He began classical guitar lessons at the age of four, and at twelve, he would accompany his father, a music critic, to blues gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. As a teenager, he played electric guitar.

On leaving school, Gomm turned down a place at Oxford University studying English to attend the Guitar Institute in London. While there, he paid his way through college playing jazz in café bars, recording as a session guitarist, and playing Country music in working men's clubs for line dancers. He moved to Leeds to study in the Jazz degree course at Leeds College of Music.

He began solo performances in Leeds. He developed a percussive style – hitting the surface of his guitar to make snare drum, bass drum and bongo sounds, re-tuning the strings to get bass sounds, and using high harmonics from the guitar for synthesizer-like effects.

Jon Gomm avoids playing chain venues and corporate festivals. His appearances are generally organised with independent promoters in venues like ale pubs in rural areas, theatres or arts centres. He is a regular performer at the Junction Inn, Otley.

He has also performed with Tommy Emmanuel, Nick Harper and Bob Brozman.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jon Gomm", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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