Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest modern acoustic guitar players. He was voted ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World’ by Total Guitar Magazine & MusicRadar twice consecutively, in both the 2017 & 2018 readers’ polls with three additional 2nd place rankings. His 2012 arrangement of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ was listed among the ‘Top 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Songs of All Time’ by Guitar World Magazine in 2023.
His solo music, infused with virtuoso nuances and micro-techniques, has seen him tour almost every continent on the planet. He has recorded with multiple Grammy Award-winning and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inducted artists, has been featured on international film and TV (including Better Call Saul and Sky TV’s Guitar Star), video game soundtracks (including Ubisoft’s ‘Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’) and achieved over 100 million music video hits online for his solo covers of songs such as Somebody That I Used To Know, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Jump & One as well as his originals The Impossible, Boogie Shred & more.
Additionally, Mike tours as lead guitar player for Justin Hayward, performing The Moody Blues classics throughout the world. He has also teamed up with Grammy-nominated Periphery vocalist Spencer Sotelo and ex Sunrise Avenue multi-platinum producer Jukka Backlund to form Nik Mystery, a Las Vegas popwave trio. Other collaborators include Plini, Fink, Alestorm & Dr. John. Popular YouTube personality Rick Beato has praised Mike’s work as among the top in the genre.
September 2022 saw the release of ‘Accomplice Series, Vol. 3‘ – a sublime duo EP with the legendary Tommy Emmanuel recorded live in Studio City, Los Angeles. The EP features 5 cover songs from 5 diverse artists. ‘This is so insanely mental and such a massive honour, wow’ – Matty Healy, The 1975.View Map