Award winning guitarist Stuart Ryan first came to prominence in 2002 when he won Guitarist Magazine’s prestigious “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year” competition. He soon gained the attention of Martin Taylor who described him as “One of the finest guitarists of his generation” and the late Eric Roche who said Stuart “Will be one of the greatest guitarists this country has produced.” He has been the acoustic columnist for Guitar Techniques magazine since 2005 and is a regular contributor to Total Guitar and Guitarist magazines. His concert and masterclass schedule has taken him to some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including London’s South Bank Centre whilst his popular blues and acoustic instructional DVDs and magazines have sold in excess of 20,000 copies. Stuart also wrote the ‘Play Guitar’ guide for The Observer on Sunday newspaper reaching 500,000 households in the process. When not performing or in the studio Stuart is Head of Guitar at the Bristol Institute of Modern Music (BIMM).
Described as “One to watch”, Richard Perkins is an exponent of the new age of vocational music courses available in the UK. He achieved a HND in Popular Music at Oxford College before receiving a Commercial Music Degree with Hons at the renowned Bath Spa University. Richard now runs Bath Guitar School, where he offers private one to one guitar tuition, guitar band workshops and student bands. The school, which has gained much acclaim in the local and national press, including appearances on BBC Radio, the CiTV kids show ‘Skillicious’ and a review in The Mail on Sunday, now accommodates over 70 students travelling from all over the UK. Richard’s guitar and teaching ability has caught the attention of many within the industry. As well as being a lecturer at City of Bath College, Richard is a guitar faculty member for the International Guitar Foundation where he teaches annual guitar courses at both the London Guitar Festival (South Bank Centre) and the Cheltenham Guitar Festival. Richard is also the exam co-ordinator for the IGF/Rockschool awards and the head tutor at the South West Rock Camp. As well as becoming a respected educator Richard is also an active performer, currently performing alongside award winning guitarist Stuart Ryan under the guise of the Bath Guitar Duo.