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MKE Unplugged: Gareth ‘Welsh Tornado’ Pearson

November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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MKE Unplugged is a free music series highlighting acoustic performers from around the corner and around the world. All concerts take place in the Jan Serr Studio.

Gareth Pearson is referred to as “The Welsh Tornado,” an appropriate title given his special talent for combining fingerstyle pyrotechnics and explosive lead runs. Pearson is considered one of the most exciting acoustic musicians gigging today. Gareth has a distinctive style that can be heard through his creative and innovative arrangements which cover a wide spectrum of genres, including country/folk/classical/pop/rock/jazz/swing and bluegrass music, along with his own beautiful and often intricate original compositions.

Drawing his playing style initially from influences such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel, he has developed a style that is both inspiring and entertaining. Within a year of taking up the guitar, Gareth was opening for Tommy Emmanuel on his 2005 UK tour.

Fast forward to Gareth’s 2010 debut album, Urban Echoes Vol 1, selected by Acoustic Guitar editors and frequent contributors as one of the “Essential Acoustic Albums of 2010.” With appearances at the 2009 Montreal Guitar Festival, worldwide tours and guitar workshops, Gareth’s reputation as a performer and teacher is constantly growing.​

Accolades from fans and friends alike include:

  • “Gareth is fast becoming one of the world’s most renowned instrumental guitarists,” says Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales).
  • “I really respect Gareth’s abilities,” says Tommy Emmanuel. “He’s a great young man and a great ambassador for the acoustic guitar.”
  • “My friend Gareth Pearson is a huge talent and in his genre, one of the best young players around,” says Jan Akkerman. “I mean there’s many roads that lead to Rome, but this one is definitely a great one. I can see a great future for him.”

Michael McKinnon, a 2019 graduate of the Peck School’s BFA program in fingerstyle guitar, opens the show.

Jan Serr Studio is an all-ages music venue. A cash bar is open during the show,  thanks to the studio’s exclusive catering partner, Saz’s.

Free and open to the public!


November 14, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jan Serr Studio
Jan Serr Studio (Kenilworth Square East - 6th Floor) | 2155 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States