Guitar Virtuoso & Singer/Songwriter
Iain Forbes is considered by those who know of him as one of the UK’s finest virtuoso guitarists and is often described as a world class guitarist. He effortlessly fuses blues, classical, jazz, and folk styles on an acoustic guitar. To hear him playing an electric guitar with soaring lead solos will have any Jimi Hendrix, Santana or rock aficionado shouting for more.
‘Iain Forbes is one of the best guitarists to come out of Scotland in a very long time’ – Tom Russell / World renowned Rock DJ.
Some of his accolades as a musician include many appearances at festivals such as Celtic Connections and Scotland’s Festival for the ‘Guitarists’ Guitarist’ – The Ullapool Guitar Festival. He has graced the stage with many top performers and big names.
Since 2001, he has been actively recording his own music and has 8 albums of his own music released independently. He has also recorded, produced and guested on other albums too.
His first recognition as a Virtuoso solo guitarist was in 2003 at the Celtic Connections festival. Iain won a prestigious Danny Kyle award for his solo performance in which he competed with bands and musicians from all over the UK.
Since then Iain has dazzled audiences at many festivals and music venues around the UK with his multi-styled guitar playing. Some notable concert venues he has played include The Royal Concert Hall, The Barrowlands, The SECC and the Fruitmarket in Glasgow. He has played on bills with many world class artists such as Don Powell/Slade, Eddie Reader, Brian Kennedy, Gerry McAvoys Band of Friends, Donnie Munro/Runrig, John Renbourn, The James Brown Band, Ally McErlaine/Red Sky July, Horse McDonald, Ricki Lee Jones, Bruce Molsky, Joscho Stephan, John Goldie, Tony McManus, John Doyle, Fraser Speirs, Elliot Randall/Steely Dan, Jerry Donahue/Hellecasters and Carl Verheyen/Supertramp.
Iain plays an annual event for Gibson Guitars and The Nordoff Robbins Charity every year and was recently given an artist deal by Gibson.
Iain has been working with award winning Film maker Jim Brown and B4 films providing the music for a 2 part film/documentary featuring HRH Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family. The Prince’s Vision had its TV premiere in Australia in July 2016 showing 3 times on the Foxtel Network. It will show in the UK and other countries in 2017. ‘His beautiful music and extraordinary playing has lifted the film to another level’ – Jim Brown/B4 Films – Award winning Film maker
Iain formed Melodic Rock band The Audiorayz in 2015 as frontman/guitarist with an excellent line up of musicians behind him. They released their self-titled debut album of original material in May 2016. See their facebook page or check the album out on iTunes or Spotify. www.facebook.com/theaudiorayz or www.soundcloud.com/the-audiorayz