Billy Jenkins - Spanish Guitarist

Performing since 2001, this young guitarist is currently receiving glowing reviews for his performances which encompass and evoke elements of contemporary, world and flamenco music.

He has spent the last five years forging his own guitar technique and method of playing and performs original material alongside fresh interpretations of traditional flamenco, classical and pop favourites. The style of his compositions looks towards such contemporary icons as Dominic Miller, Juan Martin, Michael Hedges, Antonio Forcione and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

He began playing guitar at the age of eight and with inspiration began writing original material (lyrics and music) from a relatively early age of 15. He first began learning to play in the styles of blues and rock however the one resounding call came from the acoustic and flamenco sound of the guitar which he first saw played on the streets of Andalucia aged 6.
He later went on to become a student at the Academy of Contemporary Music where he was taught by the late Celtic and classical guitarist Eric Roche, during this time he also met and studied with Sardinian Guitarist Giorgio Serci who introduced him to the techniques of the Gypsy guitarists of Spain, these new avenues where absorbed and used to forge his own unique spin on the playing of guitar leading to an ever evolving fusion of Latin and Mediterranean influenced styles amongst world music, played with the very latest contemporary techniques.

Having launched himself as a soloist in the summer of 2005, he has found himself playing in venues across the south of England with residencies in London and Surrey, a solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall and the release of his debut album which features both CD and an accompanying live DVD to give a visual experience into his unique playing style.

"Absolutely Terrific!"
Henry Kelly - Presenter Classic FM and BBC Radio

"A simply breath-taking solo guitarist"
DV8 Magazine

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Billy Jenkins - Spanish Guitarist Repertoire

Classical Themes

  • Love Theme from The Godfather - Rota
  • The Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
  • Café des Amis – Johnston
  • Tears in the Rain – Satriani
  • Romanza – Myers
  • Leyanda – Albeniz
  • Bridal March/Chorus – Wagner
  • Bridal March - Mendelssohn
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • March from the Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
  • Caprice – N Paganini
  • Ciribiribin – Pestalozza
  • Farewell to the Piano – Beethoven
  • Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
  • Nocturne – Chopin
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
  • Over The Waves - Rosas
  • Sonata in A – Mozart
  • To A Wild Rose – MacDowell
  • Surprise Symphony – Hayden

Latin/Flamenco/World

  • Bulerias – Trad Gypsy style
  • Tarantas –Traditional flamenco from Almeria
  • Casino – Rumba Flamenco
  • Granainas - Traditional flamenco from Grenada
  • Alhambra – Mediterranean/Arabic Antonio Forcione
  • Rumba in D – Rumba Flamenco
  • Malaguena - Tarrega
  • Bulerias el Diego del Gastor
  • Mia Rumba - Rumba Flamenco
  • Oceano – Contemporary Acoustic
  • Fahrenheit 55 – Jazz/Latin
  • Solo Cubana - Rumba Flamenco
  • Connections - Celtic
  • Waterfall - Celtic
  • Tango in Gm – Cuba Libra – Latin
  • Drink To The Gods – Latin
  • Cuba Libra – Latin

Classic Pop Songs & Ballads

  • Cant Buy Me Love - Beatles
  • All You Need is Love - Beatles
  • Hey Jude – Beatles
  • A Day in the Life – Beatles
  • And I Love Her – Beatles
  • Lady Madonna – Beatles
  • Let It Be – Beatles
  • Something – Beatles
  • Ticket to Ride – Beatles
  • Yesterday - Beatles
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  • Theme from Film 98 - Unknown
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • The Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
  • No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Endless Love – Lionel Richie
  • My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  • Piano Man – Billy Joel
  • Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Elton John/Bernie Taupin
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Light My Fire – The Doors
  • Fields Of Gold – Sting
  • Every Breath You Take – Sting
  • Shape Of My Heart – Sting
  • Everything I Do (Theme from Robin Hood) – Bryan Adams
  • Taking My Time – Jazz Standard
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  • My Heart Will Go On (Titanic Theme) – Celine Dion
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – George Weiss (UB40)
  • Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Moon River – Henry Mancini
  • My Favourite Things – Rogers & Hammerstein
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  • Close To You – The Carpenters
  • No Matter What – Whistle Down The Wind (Lloyd Webber)
  • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

New Pop/Rock & Indie

  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • The Zephyr Song - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • I could Have Lied - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Otherside - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Speed Of Sound – Coldplay
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • The Scientist - Coldplay
  • Sex on Fire – Kings Of Leon
  • She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  • Echo – Incubus
  • Mexico – Incubus
  • Drive - Incubus
  • Theme to Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  • Come as You Are – Nirvama
  • Dumb – Nirvana
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  • Mad World – Tears For Fears
  • Theme from Seven Days – Craig David
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen


Gypsy Kings Themes & Medley

  • Duende
  • Faena
  • Bamboleo Volare
  • Bem Bem Maria
  • Baile Me
  • Pida Me La
  • Oya mi manera
  • Un amor
  • Allegria 

Billy Jenkins - Spanish Guitarist Feedback

"Both Richard and I really appreciate that you turned up on time, set up without any fuss and then played the most wonderful music. It was just beautiful and we could have listened to it all evening. It really did set the tone of the event - so thank you a thousand times. We have received so many thank you cards for the event and they have all mentioned the music that you played. " Margaret and Richard Agar

"It is a case of a sound being worth a thousand words"
Theatre Arts Review - The Surrey Advertiser

 

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