Often overshadowed by the showy nature of rock lead guitar and their jangly indie chord friends, classical guitar playing is a skill that regularly flies under the radar. With his new (and seasonally appropriate) album ‘Christmas Time’, Craig Ogden is doing his bit to restore the balance.
One of the top rated Classical guitarists on the circuit, Craig has worked alongside Classic FM on a number of successful albums, this latest one bringing together some popular Christmas carols, songs and traditional classical pieces for our festive enjoyment.
His techniques and playing style are without reproach, each pick and strum captured to perfection as he moves through the styles to keep things varied. What is consistent though is the quality –the LP is largely played on solo guitar, with some strings/orchestral flourishes here and there – constantly impressive as Ogden brings his intricate styling to these Christmas favourites. 7.6/10