39. The Smoke

An interview with session guitarist, composer and producer Kevin Armstrong who has played with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Thomas Dolby, Sinéad O’Connor, Morrissey and Prefab Sprout among many others.

Carolan Guitar

Carolan has been down to The Smoke for a couple of days to see the sights and meet up with session guitarist Kevin Armstrong. The sights included a trip to meet the curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a research seminar at Imperial College and of course, a visit to Denmark Street, very much the spiritual home of British Guitar playing since the 1950s and known as Britain’s Tin Pan Alley. We drop in at Macari’s where we chat with owner Anthony about guitars and where a passing customer from Columbia takes an interest and plays us a few tunes. We think that we might even have been invited to a Columbian music festival.

Visiting Denmark Street

Then we’re off to the Institute of Contemporary Arts for our interview with Kevin Armstrong. Kevin is one of that most revered breed of guitarists, the professional session player, as well as a producer, songwriter and composer for film and TV. He…

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