Guitar wizardry and a collection of great songs

Doug MacLeod
Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition and he’s coming to The Hawth, Crawley this September.

The singer performs at the venue’s studio on Tuesday, September 9, at 7.45pm.

Doug is a travelling artist who writes original songs that are based on his own life and experiences.

He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition.

MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.

At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters – from the faceless to the legendary – to strikingly real life.

As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music.

After he picked up a guitar and tried to sing – he found his voice.

While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style.

The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channelled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique.

MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton.

Tickets for the show are priced at £13 and are available from the box office on 01293 553636.

People can also book online at the venue’s website – www.hawth.co.uk.