30 Under 30, Part 3: Sean de Burca, Newton Faulkner, Sofia Gleeson, and Calum Graham
Sean de Burca, 22
Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
From harmonics to percussive slapping to agile fretboard dancing, this southpaw knows a thing or two about getting the most sound possible out of his guitar. On his three full-length releases on Bandcamp, the self-taught guitarist shows he isn’t afraid of taking risks.
VIDEO: Sean de Burca - "Stormchaser"
Newton Faulkner, 29
A star in the UK, where his albums have hit No. 1 on the charts (his video to groove-heavy “Dream Catch Me” netted 4.5 million views on YouTube), Faulkner is a fingerstyle guitarist whose percussive playing leaves as much of a lasting impression as his signature dreadlocks.
VIDEO: Newton Faulkner - "Indecisive"
Sofia Gleeson, 23
The other half of Le Chic Duo, the left-handed Gleeson also studied at USC, and has since become an official representative of Cordoba Guitars. While her playing is certainly bolstered by Arutunyan’s, Gleeson is a standout player in her own right.
VIDEO: "Magic Serenade" - Bryan Johanson, performed by Sofia Gleeson
Calum Graham, 22
High Town, Canada
Another young fingerstyle guitar prodigy in the CandyRat Records stable, Graham is classically trained, but has since embraced a percussive technique on original material. With four albums already under his belt, his career is on the rise.
VIDEO: Calum Graham - Phoenix Rising
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