I’m a professional guitarist based in the UK. I’ve been recording and performing with many artists across the UK and Europe over the past 10+ years – so I’m an experienced and versatile pair of hands.

My specialities are pop, rock, acoustic, soul and country. But I love a challenge, so try me!

I have a degree in Contemporary Popular Music from the Academy of Contemporary Music. I have loads of pro gear to get the right sound –  for those of a nerdy disposition, click here.

The best, and most frequent, compliment that I get when on sessions for clients is that I play what’s ‘right’ for the music. Often it’s all down to simplicity..

“ James is the real deal….Great player, killer tone, and I wouldn’t hesitate for a second,recommending him for any project..Rock on James!!” Joey Sykes 

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Live sessions

I’m available for one off dep gigs, musical shows, acoustic gigs or full blown tours. I’m happy to travel, and up for anything!

In the past few years I’ve played at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (including an on stage part!), various folk festivals with Lisbee Stainton, a variety of musicals (including Chess, Seussical and Little Shop of Horrors), with tribute performers, as well as a wide variety of corporate and weddings gigs with my function bands and as deps for others.

Studio sessions

I love the creative process of studio sessions and never get bored of using guitars to create new sounds. My strengths are using layering to build atmosphere as well as hooks to create catchy melodies / rhythms.

I regularly record online guitar track sessions from my purpose built studio.

With online sessions, you can brief me or let me do my own thing – I’m happy to take as much guidance as you’re willing to give. Should you wish, you are more than welcome to sit in on the recording session. I’m also able to provide a “making of” video.



I’ve written and produced tracks for many adverts and music libraries, as well as penned various pop and rock songs. Clients include Bingo Godz and The British Heart Foundation. Many examples are on my former audio production firm’s website – click here.


I have provided professional 1-2-1 and group guitar tuition for 10+ years. I have a 100% pass rate for students taking RockSchool exams. I offer Skype lessons and have students as far away as Australia! – click here.

I’m an experienced examiner for the RockSchool exam board.

I am a tutor for British & Irish Modern Music Institute in Birmingham, tutoring Essential Styles and Live Performance modules.

With MusicGurus.Com, I have created a course in beginners rock guitar, as well as the technical exercises portion of courses on the RockSchool acoustic guitar syllabus.

There are a range of free lessons available on my YouTube channel with additional backing tracks/ tab resources provided for most lessons. Please subscribe to my channel if they helped you out of a rut!

If you’re interested in lessons with me in any form, get in touch through the website contact form.