Thomas Leeb

Thomas Leeb Ards Guitar Festival 2018

Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen. Now one of the truly legendary figures in acoustic music, Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas and Europe, and his album Desert Pirate was voted one of the essential albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

His guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets him apart is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music. All this has earned him a loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche, Jon Gomm, who awarded him ‘ten out of ten Gomms’ and Guthrie Govan who thinks that ‘what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal’.