Billy is an award winning 15 year old London based Anglo-Brazilian classical / flamenco fingerstyle guitarist, inspired by the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Miloš Karadaglić and Sungha Jung.

In 2016 Billy reached the final of Sky Arts TV show “Guitar Star” performing at Latitude Festival, Abbey Road Studios and worked one on one with George Benson, Tony Iommi, Tony Visconti and Miloš Karadaglić.

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A regular live performer around the UK, Billy’s live show presents a genre defying fresh new approach to nylon strings, spanning Classical, Jazz and Pop, through to Electronic Trance and Classic Rock.

In 2013 he was the winner of the inaugural Edinburgh Guitar and Music Festival national guitar competition.

Billy has been playing since the age of 6, and regularly performs live at music events across the UK, including Towersey Festival, Thame’s Music in the Park, The Beacon Festival in Oxfordshire, and he is now a familiar face on The Royal Mile each August, where he has performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe since the age of just 9.

Billy’s online videos have have been seen all over the world, at the age of 12 his first classical cover of Bohemian Rhapsody was shared by rock legends Queen’s official Facebook page and altogether his videos have attracted over 12,000,000 views. 

He has also had videos shared by Brian May, George Benson“The Libertines”, Fender UK and Macari’s of London, and had his performances mentioned on the pages of “Guitarist” magazine (UK), and “Revista Guitar Player” (Brazil).

Billy has performed live on BBC Radio on several occasions, and in 2014 successfully auditioned for a place at the prestigious Purcell School of Music in London, the oldest music school in the UK, where he now studies Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano. He can also occasionally be found busking in London’s West End and in Oxford city centre.

Billy’s CD “Escape from Reality” recorded in early 2016, is now available to mail order or download from iTunes click here for more details or start the player below to listen to a sample track.

Billy is proud to be officially endorsed by Ortega Guitars and Aquila strings.

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