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Pierre Bensusan

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Living up to a reputation as the “Mozart of Guitar" has taken award winning French-Algerian musician Pierre Bensusan on an uncompromising journey across the globe. Over the past 40 years Pierre has been a regular visitor to the UK. His celebratory 40th Anniversary tour, in partnership with Lowden Guitars, kicks off at Jersey Arts Centre on 9th June and travels throughout the South and Midlands before heading into Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland, where Pierre will perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 26th June


UK and Ireland tour list

9th Jun 2014              Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey

11th Jun 2014            The Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

12th Jun 2014            The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, Hampshire

13th Jun 2014            The Hinkley ACT, Hinckley, Leicestershire

14th Jun 2014            MAC Birmingham, Birmingham

15th Jun 2014            The Half Moon, Putney - London

16th Jun 2014            The Half Moon, Putney - London

17th Jun 2014            St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich, Kent

18th Jun 2014            Greystones, Sheffield, UK

19th Jun 2014            Broadoak Hotel, Ashton under Lyne

20th Jun 2014            Gateshead Old Town Hall, Gateshead

22nd Jun 2014           Edinburgh House Concert, Edinburgh, Scotland

25th Jun 2014            The Black Box, Belfast, Northern Ireland

26th Jun 2014            The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

28th Jun 2014            Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

29th Jun 2014            The Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland


Performing upwards of 3,000 concerts over a 40 year career, Pierre is recognized universally as the foremost exponent of the DADGAD guitar tuning, the successor to the pioneering work of the late Davey Graham, and the catalyst to a whole new world of acoustic guitar styles through the likes of the great Michael Hedges who dedicated and named his track 'Bensusan' to Pierre on the ground breaking album Arial Boundaries. In 2008 Pierre won Guitar Player Magazine Readers choice award, for Best World Music Guitar Player.


On a tour of the UK and Ireland way back in 1977, Pierre first met longtime friend and guitar luthier George Lowden, who coincidently shares his 40th career anniversary in 2014. Pierre has since been a loyal supporter of Lowden guitars and performs on his own signature series Lowden guitar. To celebrate their joint 40th career anniversaries’, George has reissued Pierre’s famous ‘Old Lady’ guitar, one of which is being given away via a competition which is now running at

George Lowden will be making a personal appearance at the shows in Belfast and Dublin.


"Listening to Pierre Bensusan is rejuvenating. Beside his extraordinary touch and tone, the notes and melody appeal directly to the tender side of our human nature." Steve Vai


"Beautiful .... Pierre is one of the GREATS!" - Tommy Emmanuel


"Pierre is one of my favorite guitarists. He has created a new way of playing and is the king of the Dadgad tuning." - Michael Hedges


Pierre’s latest album release "Encore" – an award nominated triple CD containing 35 tracks taken from concert recordings between 1974 and 2013, including two fascinating duets with world renowned keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and several 'early years' bluegrass recordings with banjo great Bill Keith – is now distributed by Discovery and available on DADGAD Records from

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