Based in Surrey, UK, Michael Watts is a guitarist, writer, journalist and film-maker, who was previously voted Acoustic Guitarist of the Year. An acknowledged expert in the field of the fingerstyle guitar, Michael is regularly invited to give lectures and masterclasses. He has shared a bill with luminary artists. One of his career highlights was being invited to participate in the 2013 A Celebration of Bert Jansch at the Royal Festival Hall, playing electric guitar for Beverley Martyn.
The Unfair Funfair
a piece by Michael Watts for Bert Jansch
“I wrote this piece when I heard of Bert’s passing and is dedicated to him. It reminds me of him every time I play it and that makes me happy. I often play it near the start of my set to get the blood pumping! Bert’s music was like mother’s milk to me. I grew up with the sound of the “Blue” Album and my dad would play me some of Bert’s songs on guitar before I could walk. I really loved “Smoky River” apparently! I only met Bert on a couple of occasions. Once at the Edinburgh festival and another time a decade or so later at the Sage in Gateshead for the Pentangle reunion tour, after I’d become friendly with John Renbourn.”