American blues guitarist Eric Gales will be performing his virtuoso brand of blues-rock at the Arlington Arts Centre.
Hot off the release of his new record ‘Middle of the Road’ in February, Gales is embarking on a run of dates that will see him travel from the United States, through Europe and Australia.
Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 at the age of 16, notably playing the guitar left-handed and upside-down.
Eric grew up in a musical family with two of his four brothers adopting the same upside-down, left hand guitar style as him.
Fourteen albums later, all with major record labels, and Gales is very much at the peak of musical and songwriting powers.
He says of his latest release: “This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.”
If popularity was based on peer acclaim, instead of record sales, Eric Gales would be a megastar.
Blues icon Joe Bonamassa has described Eric as “one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”. Carlos Santana has said “he is absolutely incredible”.
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural to make a comparison with Hendrix, but Gales has developed a unique hybrid sound from influences as diverse as Albert King and Frank Gambale.
A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders above other guitarists in his genre, quite simply as a guitarist phenomenon.
Full price tickets are available at £17 either online at arlingtonarts.co.uk, or by calling the box office on 01635 244246.