Guthrie Govan, hailing from Chelmsford, UK, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities with a penchant for memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock a la G3, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or whatever other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.
Govan started playing at the age of 3 and was on national British TV for his guitar prowess by the time he was 8. In 1993, Guthrie won the Guitarist of the Year contest sponsored by UK'sGuitarist magazine, started teaching at UK's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, and began writing for Guitar Techniques magazine.
Govan has recently released his long-awaited debut solo album Erotic Cakes and was featured on the new highly successful album 'Six String Theory' produced by Lee Ritenour. He has also been playing and recording with eclectic mash-pop collective the Young Punx (live electronica) and touring with Dizzee Rascal, the U.K.'s foremost grime/rap artist whose last three singles all reached the #1 spot on the U.K. charts Currently, Govan is keeping busy with product clinics, educational workshops, and magazine interviews.