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Jon Gomm & Billie Marten - 6th December 2014

Artists' websites: Jon Gomm / Billie Marten

JON GOMM is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead.

His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar.

Jon first laid his hands on a guitar at the age of two (actually it was a ukulele - his parents couldn’t find a guitar small enough). He wrote his first song at the age of six, and was soon accompanying his father, a music critic, to gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would often stay at the Gomm household on the understanding Jon would get a guitar lesson, meaning he had one-to-one instruction from such blues legends as BB King and Jack Bruce of Cream.

Nowadays, Jon tours worldwide. In January 2012 his song Passionflower went viral online, with the video passing 6 million hits, resulting in national TV appearances in the UK, Portugal, Holland, Brazil and Turkey, and plaudits from new celebrity fans, such as:

“Wonderful to watch. Genius.” - Stephen Fry

“I love your work and style so much. You are very special” – Jon Anderson (Yes)

“Wonderful playing and singing” - David Crosby (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“Hands down the most amazing guitarist I have ever seen!” - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)

Jon is a truly and fiercely independent artist, with his own label and no mainstream industry support, but using mostly online social networks for promotion, he has defied the odds with a huge, truly supportive fanbase resulting in headline tours on all 5 continents, from Australia, Canada and Europe to China and South Africa and South America.

His debut CD Hypertension has sold over 50,000 copies at the time of writing, and his second CD Don’t Panic sold out within 3 days of appearing on Amazon. His videos are watched tens of thousands of times within minutes of appearing on Youtube.

At only fifteen years of age, graceful singer-songwriter BILLIE MARTEN fuses mature yet graceful vocals with stunning acoustic arrangements. Having posted video’s on YouTube for 2 years of originals, hauntingly performed on acoustic guitar, Billie has accumulated hundreds of thousands of views whilst being lavished with complimentary comments. In just 2-years, Billie’s writing ability has evolved at a bewildering pace.

"Unbelievably beautiful" Independent on Sunday

Recently signed to a major London agency, she played the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds and Reading Festivals this summer, and with increasing Radio 1 air-play she is set to go huge.

"Every once in a while you hear about claims that there exists an old soul in some young person, and Billie Marten is one of these people who seems to defy what she should be capable of feeling. She should be too young to feel such sadness. She should be too young to feel such hell."