LEWIS HAMILTON BAND
Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
From an early age Lewis listened to wide range of music. When he turned twelve years old, he was given a Squire Stratocaster™, his first electric guitar. Taking influence from great guitarists such as, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, he quickly developed a passion for guitar led ‘Blues-Rock’ and spent hours every day learning tips and tricks from his idols. Now, at the age of twenty Lewis has developed a guitar style that has been compared to Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson. Vocally, he takes influence from the likes of Dave Mathews and John Mayer and writes his own music. Over the years he has performed with such notable musicians as Aynsley Lister (for whom he filled in vocals at a live show), Ryan McGarvey, Henrik Freischlader, Alan Nimmo, Chantel McGregor and Ben Poole. Lewis also has talent for recording and runs his own studio in Auchterarder, Scotland, where all his music is written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Lewis himself.
Since their formation in August 2010 The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 400 shows from Shetland to Poland, and have appeared at most of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Main Stage performances at Hebden Bridge and Maryport. As a guitarist he pays tribute to some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, taking influence from people like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. He also incorporates playing styles from more modern blues-rock musicians such as, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Matt Scofield. As a vocalist he has developed his own unique and powerful style of singing, while taking influence from the likes of Joe Cocker and Dave Mathews. His debut album Gambling Machine won the Scottish New Music Award for Scottish Jazz/Blues album of the year for 2012. Candlelight & Sympathy from Empty Roads will feature on the soundtrack of a new feature film ‘Scar Tissue’. His third album Ghost Train has had numerous top reviews and acclaim from magazines and websites worldwide, and airplay in over 15 countries. In addition to his previous nominations in the 2012 and 2013 British Blues Awards and receiving two preliminary nominations in their song-writing category, Lewis has been nominated yet again as YOUNG ARTIST of the Year in 2014.