Gina Holder - Acoustic Guitarist

This guitarist is a solo fingerstyle acoustic guitarist based in the heart of the Chilterns. Her trademark style features lyrical melodies with rich chordal accompaniment, reflecting her wide range of musical influences.

With an eclectic repertoire, which includes popular classics, celtic, blues, jazz and original compositions, she can provide music appropriate for your venue.

After picking up a recorder at the age of 3 and learned to read music before being able to read words. She started taking classical guitar lessons at the age of 10 and rapidly progressed through the Trinity syllabus, whilst also learning to play flute and saxophone. Somewhere along the line, an acoustic guitar entered the house. It once got taken to a classical guitar lesson…not exactly a well-received move!! A-levels arrived, and her guitar playing took a back seat, until, more than 15 years later, she was given a cd by Australian fingerstyle legend Tommy Emmanuel. Upon hearing the opening notes of the opening track, she knew it was time to pick up a guitar again and to learn how to play acoustic fingerstyle guitar. The rest, as they say, is history.

Appearances at local open mics soon established a following for ‘the girl who plays guitar’ and gigs supporting well-known names on the fingerstyle circuit, such as Clive Carroll (UK), Bruce Mathiske (Australia) and Gareth Pearson (UK) followed. After a highly successful EP, her debut cd was released in 2009.

"This rising talent’s debut CD is chock-full of her masterful and mature solo acoustic guitar work and shows just why she’s already being compared to the top players in the field. Influenced by a broad range of styles and performers, from Bach to Sting, she’s composed a superb collection of 11 pieces which are certain to garner interest from many quarters. Her strings ring beautifully clear throughout this self-produced set, illustrating her skill with dynamics and harmonics. This is especially apparent on the title track and the delicate Spellbound, where solo note passages are used to maximum effect." Keith Ames - Musician Magazine

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Gina Holder - Acoustic Guitarist Repertoire

Standards

  • Blue Moon - Rogers/Hart
  • Classical Gas - Mason Williams
  • Fever - Peggy Lee
  • Hit the Road Jack - Percy Mayfield/Ray Charles
  • My Favourite Things - Rogers/Hammerstein
  • Moon River - Henry Mancini
  • Mr Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
  • Stomping at the Savoy - Edgar Sampson
  • The Entertainer - Scott Joplin

Pop

  • Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
  • And So It Goes - Billy Joel
  • Blackbird - Beatles
  • California Dreaming - Mamas and the Papas
  • Daytripper - Beatles
  • Fields of Gold - Sting
  • Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
  • Here There and Everywhere - Beatles
  • Lady Madonna - Beatles
  • Message in a Bottle - The Police
  • More Than Words - Extreme
  • No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
  • Streets of London - Ralph McTell
  • Signe - Eric Clapton
  • The Scientist - Coldplay
  • Resist - Rush
  • With or Without You - U2
  • When You Say Nothing At All - Overstreet/Schlitz
  • Yellow - Coldplay
  • Yesterday - Beatles
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • Your Song - Taupin/John

Classical

  • Air on a G String - Bach
  • Bridal Chorus - Wagner
  • Bridal March - Mendelssohn
  • Canarios - Sanz
  • Canco del Lladre - Trad (Arr M Llobet)
  • Candombe en Mi - Pujol
  • Cavatina - Myers
  • Gymnopedie 1 - Satie
  • Jesu Man of Joy's Desiring - Bach
  • Pachelbel's Canon - Pachelbel
  • Preludio Triston - Pujol
  • Sons de Carilhoes - Pernambuco


Fingerstyle

  • All This Time - Clive Carroll
  • Adirondack Lullaby - Stephen Bennett
  • Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Countrywide - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Dixie McGuire - Tommy Emmanuel
  • I Knew It Was You - Stephen Bennett
  • I've Always Thought of You - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Keep it Simple - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Lady Bird - Stephen Bennett
  • Lewis & Clarke - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Lullaby to an Anxious Child - Dominic Miller
  • Mombassa - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Song for Chris Berry - Clive Carroll
  • Stay Close to Me - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Struttin' - Jerry Reed
  • The Boatman - Clive Carroll
  • The Most Beautiful Sky - Stephen Bennett
  • The Robin - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Those Who Wait - Tommy Emmanuel
  • Waltz for a Maple Tree - Stephen Bennett


Celtic

  • Ag Chriost An Siol - Trad
  • Castle Drummond - Trad
  • Cunla - Trad
  • Danny Boy - Trad
  • Garrett Barry's - Trad
  • Haste to the Wedding - Trad
  • Humours of Trim (Rolling Waves) - Trad
  • Inside - Clive Carroll
  • Merrily Kissed the Quaker - Trad
  • Monahan Jig - Trad/Pete Huttlinger
  • Muriel's Jig
  • She Moved Through the Fair - Trad
  • Shi Beg Shi Mor - Trad
  • The Blarney Pilgrim - Trad
  • The Choice Wife - Trad
  • The Princess Royal - O'Carolan
  • The Sheep Under the Snow (Ny Kirree Fo Sniaghtey) - Trad
  • The Way Home - Stuart Ryan
  • Water is Wide - Trad
  • Wild Mountain Thyme - Trad

Gospel

  • Amazing Grace - Trad
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Trad

Blues

  • Alone at Last - Doug Smith
  • Hortensia - Pete Huttlinger
  • Katude - Stephen Bennett
  • Slippery Slope - Bob Evans
  • Stringing the Blues - Michael Fix

Lute

  • Go From My Window - Anon
  • Greensleeves - Anon
  • Grisse His Delight - Robinson
  • Horses Brawl - Anon
  • Kemp's Jig - Anon
  • Pavan - Milan
  • Sinckpace Galliarde - Ballet
  • The Sick Tune - Dowland
  • Wilsons Wilde - Dowland

Gina Holder - Acoustic Guitarist Feedback

"Thanks so much for your absolutely amazing guitar playing this weekend. We had lots of people comment on how great you were. Thanks also for learning a new song for us, you really went the extra mile." Abbie & Dan