Richard Capener is a guitarist-composer from the UK playing in the contemporary post-Hedges approach of acoustic fingerstyle. Armed with his trusty Lowden guitar he delights audiences with catchy and charming ear-worms, weaving sophisticated melodies, harmonies, bass lines and percussive elements together to captivate anyone within earshot.
“It’s not surprising he’s a live attraction… Tall, red-haired, and sporting a long plaited beard, he cuts a striking figure, and for guitar aficionados and ‘civilians’ alike his playing will be just as impactful. Playing with a combination of strumming, fingerstyle and tapping, peppered with harmonics and other tricks, Capener certainly has the skills, but manages to provide a performance with more than just technical merit.” -ACOUSTIC magazine
With wide musical interests and over 30 years of exploring the guitar and composition as a self taught musician Richard draws his experiences and his influences together to form his punchy, expressive, and “mesmerising” playing style.
2009’s debut solo album River was a extremely well received by live crowds, fellow musicians and the music press, earning praise as “really musical and powerful” by the mighty Pierre Bensusan, and “I wish my first album was that good” from the grooveacious Thomas Leeb. A concept album, “Exploring the river from source to sea through his swirling, lyrical and often playful guitar, Capener genuinely captures the feeling of a summer afternoon with water trickling by. Excellent stuff” – Acoustic Magazine. Richard has been busy entertaining since, playing everything from small clubs to theatre venues via just about every other kind of gig along the way, including festival appearances, guitar show appearances as a demonstrator for Lowden Guitars, and support gigs for BBC Folk Award nominees Mawkin and twice U.S National Fingerstyle Champion, Don Ross.
“After a long search for the right strings, I now use only Rotosounds – consistent and dependable, and they sound GOOD!”
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