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Den's Musical Background

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Den Hardy grew up in a musical household and from an early age he was greatly influenced by his Uncle who was an accomplished jazz musician. He built his first guitar out of some plywood and a mahogany table leg. As a teenager at school Den formed a rock band with fellow students and went on to art college, where he also studied classical guitar. In the early 70s he formed a jug band with  Mac Gordon called “The Street Crawlers Union”, and became well known on the London folk scene, as resident musicians at the Tunc folk club. Over the years Den has also been involved in various theatre & film projects. A very early example is the music he wrote and performed for 'the Mexican' and 'the agoraphobia' scenes in John Smith's film The Black Tower. More recently, on the island of Crete, he wrote music to accompany a newly translated performance of ÔSeven Against ThebesÕ. Performances have included Womad, The Cambridge Folk Festival, The Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's and numerous other venues both here in the UK and worldwide.

Den studied Flamenco guitar under the guidance of Tito Heredia. Some years later he moved to Spain where he continued to study Flamenco guitar and gained a residency with CDC in Andalucia. During these few years in Spain, Den gained an excellent reputation as both a performer and teacher. He ran intensive guitar holidays and weekend workshops which proved to be very popular. Den has travelled widely in the pursuit of his musical development. In India he studied Indian classical music, and later whilst living in Crete, he had the opportunity to experiment with Cretan folk music. These musical influences have combined to produce a unique style which is evident in Den's many compositions. His musical proficiency continues to delight and excite his audiences.

In 2001 Den returned to the U.K. For several years he joined forces with classical guitarist, Chris Finch and together they formed Tocaros.  As Tocaros they delivered outstanding performances of their compositions which are highly complex and technical, and yet played with all the ease that could only be expected from two exceptionally gifted musicians. Returning to Crete in February 2010, Den has spent a varied and delightful year, performing at festivals, concerts and regular restaurant venues. His tutoring experiences included teaching improvisation to classical concert musicians. Some good fun performance opportunities arrived when he teamed up with Paul King of Mungo Gerry fame, and together they rocked their audiences with some old blues and jug band favourites. Now loving life in Shropshire, Den continues his musical journey……………