Hi, I'm Billy Watman

Billy Watman

About me: 

Billy is an award winning 15 year old Anglo-Brazilian classical / flamenco fingerstyle guitarist, inspired by the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Miloš Karadaglić and Sungha Jung. In 2016 he reached the final of Sky Arts TV show “Guitar Star” and performed live at Latitude Festival, Abbey Road Studios and worked one on one with George Benson, Tony Iommi, Nitin Sawhney, Tony Visconti and Miloš. A regular live performer, Billy’s live show presents a genre defying fresh new approach to nylon strings, spanning Classical, Jazz and Pop, through to Electronic Trance and Classic Rock – all on just 1 classical guitar. Billy’s online videos have have been seen all over the world, his first classical cover of Bohemian Rhapsody was shared by rock legends Queen’s official Facebook page and altogether his videos have attracted over 15,000,000 views. He has also had videos shared by Brian May, George Benson and “The Libertines”, and had his performances mentioned on the pages of “Guitarist” magazine (UK), and “Revista Guitar Player” (Brazil). Billy has performed live on BBC Radio on several occasions, and in 2014 successfully auditioned for a place at the prestigious Purcell School of Music in London, the oldest music school in the UK, where he now studies Classical Guitar and composition. He can also occasionally be found busking in London’s West End and in Oxford city centre. In 2013 he was the winner of the inaugural Edinburgh Guitar and Music Festival national guitar competition. Playing since he was 6, Billy regularly performs at music events across the UK, including Main Stages at Towersey Festival, Thame’s Music in the Park, The Beacon Festival in Oxfordshire, and he is a familiar face on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where he has performed at the Festival Fringe since the age of just 9.

My skills: 

  • classical
  • rock and pop

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Performance dates

  • 23 Jul 2016 15:30 to 16:00