Acoustic Alchemy official page: acoustic-alchemy.net
For nearly 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar's potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straightahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings -- despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry -- the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.
The band's story begins with two guitarists, Nick Webb and Simon James, who recorded a self-financed, self-produced album in the mid 1980s entitled Acoustic Alchemy. Shortly after the release, James left the partnership to study flamenco guitar in Spain, leaving Webb to promote the record on his own.
Webb turned to a rock guitarist named Greg Carmichael, whose background complemented his own -- Webb had studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, while Carmichael had studied classical at London College of Music -- and the two assumed the name of Acoustic Alchemy.
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