Sam Hardy


Sam is a phenomenol guitarist with a natural ability which captures any audience. His eclectic style lends to various genres ranging from Spanish classical guitar all the way through to Rock'n'Roll.

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About Sam...

Sam Hardy first picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and began to teach himself after seeing Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock on T.V. His mother had an eclectic music collection ranging from rock, metal, blues, jazz and flamenco. Sam favoured the rock and metal music more as a teenager and began to learn songs by Black Sabbath, Guns n Roses, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin and Yngwie Malmsteen. At the age of 18 he started his own modern day heavy metal band called 'Darken The Sun', taking influences from Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Funeral For A Friend, Mendeed, Mors Principium Est and Trivium. After playing gigs for 3 years, recording 2 ep's, 1 album and line up changes to band members, the band split up when Sam was 21. He still holds those memories of that era close to his heart.

After the band split up Sam decided to give music a break and pursue various career paths and new challenges ranging from starting his own driving school business, working as a doorman, stand up comedy, body building and trying his hand at Mixed Martial Arts. He gave up MMA because of constant injuries and moved to Reading to start a new job. Two weeks after moving to Reading, at the age of 28, he saw a guy on You Tube who changed his life, Estas Tonne. Sam was entranced by his playing and ordered his first nylon string guitar that day. He practised for 5-8 hours a day and after 3 weeks went to play open mic gigs in pubs around Reading, UK. He received plenty adulation and he immediately knew that this was the style that he had been searching for. He found out that the Spanish and Flamenco styles had similarities to the scales, chord progressions and techniques used in heavy metal and found it easy to transfer that knowledge to his new found style of playing.

After busking on the streets and playing gigs in pubs he was approached by local radio presenters, talent scouts, musicians of all styles, photographers, journalists and restaurant managers to play in their establishments. He also began to pick up guitar lessons, private hire for functions and he received sponsorship from Dawsons Music Shop in Reading. This all happened less than 7 weeks of picking up the Spanish guitar, after having almost 7 years off from playing! His hard work and dedication payed off and it has been a real life success story for him so far.

More recently Sam was invited to perform on the Gaby Roslin BBC radio show, his subsequent performance was recieved to great acclaim.

Sam is now recording his first solo guitar album which is sure to be a great success.

Click on the video below to watch Sam perform: