WHO IS JON HART?
Award-winning fingerstyle singer-songwriter Jon Hart blends modern percussive fingerstyle guitar with emotive/gritty vocals and songwriting to create an immersive one-man acoustic experience. Although his technical abilities could be compared to the likes of Jon Gomm and Newton Faulkner, he offers something distinctive in this small pool of virtuoso acoustic guitarist-singers. The sole purpose of all Jon's compositions and arrangements is to emulate them live. He does this with just one acoustic guitar, a vocal harmony pedal and no looping!
Jon and his catalogue have received critical acclaim (Acoustic Magazine (UK), Guitar World, The Times, BBC Radio Folk, Absolute Radio & CandyRat Records) from across the acoustic guitar world. These include his debut album ‘Reborn’ (2015 - co-produced by Chris Woods Groove), fingerstyle-folk album 'Set Adrift' (2017 - with Daryl Kellie and mastered by grammy-award winning Stacy Parish), a solo guitar calendar concept album ‘Annual’ * (2019 - featuring grammy-award winning guitarist Amrit Sond), a live best of so far album ‘Live in Italy’ * (2020) a nylon and nature album 'Six String Therapy' * (2021) as well as three EPs: ‘Defuse’ (2012), ‘Sticks & Stones’ (2013) and ‘Momento’ * (2016). He has toured throughout the UK, the US, and Europe with performances at Isle of Wight Festival, London Acoustic Guitar Show, The Turner Sims Concert Hall, and Ullapool Guitar Festival where he co-headlined with Preston Reed.
* Produced by fingerstyle / classical guitarist Declan Zapala.
Growing up on the Isle of Wight, Jon was musical from an early age; starting on the piano at age five, and then moving on to guitar and singing at eight. Before he found his acoustic calling, he fronted many bands, touring America with hard rock band Zhain and supporting Orbital and Gin Wigmore with Drum’n’Bass Rock outfit Opinaut. After completing his BA Hons in Music from Southampton University (2003-2006), he has now built up strong foundations in Surrey with multi-award-winning functions, in-demand guitar tuition & highly recommended session work.
Between 2016-2019 Jon set up three UK tours with world-class fingerstyle guitarists Daryl Kellie (2016 & 2017), Maneli Jamal (2017), and Billy Watman (2019).
In 2020 Jon quickly adapted to the covid situation and set up an online festival via the Fingerstyle Hub Facebook Group (run by Tommy Loose). He invited 14 world-class guitarists to perform and has replicated this event every other weekend since lockdown began in the UK. This online festival has become a raging success amongst viewers and all involved - Acoustic Guitar Magazine (US) recently posted an article about live streaming featuring the festival and Jon and Tommy’s entrepreneurial methods.
Along with writing his first book 'An Introduction to Modern Fingerstyle & Singing. In 2021/22 Jon built many online programs that teaches all acoustic guitarists (of all abilities) how to build, record, release and perform a guitar composition and arrangement in just 90 days.
“Stand out performances dripping with atmosphere” - Acoustic Magazine
2.5 million streams on Spotify
5 critically acclaimed albums
Multi-award-winning events musician
Features with Absolute Radio, Acoustic Magazine, BBC, Guitar World, The Times
Guitar tutor (1000+ students) & Co-founder & composer of Little Hart's Music
“A masterful guitar player” - Guitar World