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Sunday 09 February 2014

Andy McKee: Virtuoso Acoustic Soloist YouTube Sensation Coming To Brighton

Andy McKee, one of the world's finest acoustic guitar soloists is dropping in on Brighton, next month. 



One of the internet's first true viral video superstars, Andy shot to worldwide prominence in 2006 when his technically astounding Drifting, was lauded by Digg and YouTube users and has gone on to receive over 100 million plays on YouTube alone (!), with numbers still rising daily.

Andy said: "It's definitely changed my life, We had no expectations that any of my videos would become as popular as they have and I feel extremely fortunate to have had that sort of success online. 

It's made it possible for me to tour all over the world and meet all of these wonderful fans." 

Despite being entirely self-taught, Andy's technically and musically ground breaking versions of both original and cover songs has made him a household name in numerous countries worldwide

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However McKee's career is no online gimmick; as a live musician he performs over 200 shows a year – from Arizona to Zimbabwe, and has independently released six studio albums (with another in the making), selling in excess of 50,000 copies without any major record label or marketing support.

Born, raised and still living in Kansas, Andy has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in music including Dream Theatre, Eric Johnson and Prince, who he both supported and joined on stage to perform Purple Rain every night on his last Worldwide Arena Tour.

Following on from the hugely successful Guitar Masters UK tour, this forthcoming solo tour will once again showcase the exceptional talents of one of the most talented guitarists alive today. 

An Evening With Andy McKee at St George's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton, on Wednesday 12th March 2014.


by: Mike Cobley


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