DEN HARDY

Professional guitarist and teacher.

Early years were greatly influenced by his uncle, an accomplished jazz musician who inspired Den’s explorative nature. As a young adult studying classical guitar, youthful impetuosity, soon diverted him away from a restrictive approach to musical education, and the route to being ‘a black dot technician’.

A performing apprenticeship, was spent playing in numerous bands, experimenting with blues, jazz, folk and rock styles. During his art college years, Den continued classical guitar studies but with friend Mac Gordon, he also formed the ‘The Street Crawlers Union’, a well known band on the London Folk scene.

Over the years Den has performed at numerous venues throughout the U.K. and Europe. He studied Flamenco under the guidance of Tito Heredia, and later was awarded a Flamenco Residency with the CDC Association of Andalucia, in Spain. Den’s particular interest is musical anthropology, the musical expression of other cultures, and the forms of faith that underpin different genres of world music. Time spent in India was dedicated to the study of Indian Classical music, and whilst living on the island of Crete, Den experimented with Cretan Folk Music. Its seems inevitable that all this travel and ensuing influence, would combine to create a guitarist that has a unique style, informed by an understanding and sensitivity for a wide variety of musical forms.

Now semi-retired, Den lives in West Sussex, on the edge of the beautiful South Downs. He continues his musical journey; and is at present on a return visit to ‘classical’ music, and currently recording a new album - his own arrangements, of a selection of Bach compositions. He continues to perform and teach, and is always open to collaboration with other musicians.