Purbeck GuItar FestIval


Since we first announced that Carlos Bonell & Juan Martin’s concert’s were part of a wider Purbeck Guitar Festival, the festival’s size has grown considerably! Now the festival will also feature the world renowned jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. Alongside that – many pubs & bars around Purbeck have confirmed that they’ll feature guitarists from all over Purbeck during the week.

If you haven’t heard, the festival spans a whole week, from Saturday 25th May to June 1st. We believe that the event will bring some great music to the area, and will also be a great new annual attraction that many local hospitality businesses can join in with.

Also, through the concerts, we are trying to fundraise for the Priory Church of Lady St Mary in Wareham, so half of all the profits will be going towards its upkeep!


We have a great lineup of concerts, including the world class Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, the internationally famous guitarists Juan Martín and Carlos Bonell, all appearing at the lovely Priory Church of Lady St Mary in Wareham.

For more information about these events, please see the relevant sections on this article. Tickets for these concerts are available at visitpurbeckdorset.co.uk.


Kingston Country Courtyard host a special guitar evening with the Dorset Guitar Society Orchestra, with a Spanish twist, followed by a delicious Tapas buffet.

More concerts are coming too! We are organising concerts all around Purbeck featuring promising local guitarists!

A number of local pubs & bars, including the Duke of Wellington, the Horse & Groom and Not Just Sundaes have confirmed they will host gigs during the festival week.

Is your local establishment interested in putting on any gigs or concerts during the week? Please email us if you would be interested in your business taking part. If you are interested in finding out more about all our upcoming events you can subscribe to our monthly Visit Purbeck Dorset newsletter.

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Juan Martin’s unique sound has been honed through a lifetime of concerts and recordings and performing with legends of the song and dance like Rafael Romero and Eva la Yerbabuena.

He has recorded 20 albums, published 17 books and was invited to appear in a Spanish film ‘Donde tu Estés’ when only 17 years old. He has since made three films/dvds with his flamenco dance company.

Back in 1984 Juan gained mainstream attention playing to millions of TV viewers on the BBC’s ‘Top Of The Pops’. He performed the Mancini theme tune to ‘The Thorn Birds’, one of the smash hit TV series of the early eighties.

Voted into the top 3 flamenco guitarists in the world by Guitar Player USA, Juan Martín has toured the world playing concerts from Shanghai and Melbourne to New York as well as in the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Critics have compared his compositional talent to that of Albéniz, Turina and Tárrega.  He played for Picasso’s 90th birthday celebrations and his books and films for learning the guitar are now translated into many languages with his original book ‘El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra’ being referred to as ‘The Bible’ of flamenco guitar.

Tickets also be available at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham, AND THE BEAR HOTEL, WAREHAM.

carlos bonell

Born to Spanish parents in London in 1949, Carlos learned to play Spanish folk music from the age of 5 with his father who was a keen amateur guitarist. He studied at the Royal College of Music with John Williams and was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. 

After Carlos’ New York début in 1978, the New York Times described him as an artist of “superb poetic gifts”. Appearances followed at many international festivals followed including The City of London, Aldeburgh, Helsinki, Israel, Tanglewood, Sydney, Istanbul, and Hong Kong.

Currently, Carlos is helping Sir Paul McCartney to compose a concerto for guitar and orchestra.

Carlos’ recordings include the original BBC TV Inspector Morse theme, alongside the more recent TV series Endeavour. His Queen Guitar Rhapsodies CD is a concerto-style arrangement of music for solo guitar and symphony orchestra. It was widely praised, including by Queen’s Brian May himself. The album of Beatles arrangements Magical Mystery Guitar Tour went to number one on the UK classical iTunes charts, and reached the top ten in the overall UK iTunes charts

Tickets also available at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham AND THE BEAR HOTEL, WAREHAM.


GRAMMY nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom magazine calls ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’.

Widely considered to be the world’s best guitarist in the field of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over twenty albums with the French jazz violin legend Stéphane Grappelli. Their album with Vassar Clements Together At Last won a Grammy Nomination in 1987.

Monsieur Grappelli described him as “A great artist, rich in talent and elegance.”

With a remarkable career spanning five decades and a record-breaking 14 British Jazz Awards, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres including Stéphane Grappelli, Jeff Beck,Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick and Jamie Cullum.

Dr Martin Taylor, MBE is, quite simply, one of the most astonishing fingerstyle guitarists in the world. You could say he is a Jazz player, or you could just say he is a composer, musician and all-round musical genius!

Tickets ARE also availAble at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham BH20 4AD AND THE BEAR HOTEL, WAREHAM.


The Dorset Guitar Society, established in 1984 promotes the music of the guitar with ensemble performances master classes, workshops. Their Guitar Orchestra has around twenty members, a number of who perform several concerts per year.

Over the years they have hosted classical guitar recitals and master classes by some of the most renowned players in the world.

In 1994 the society formed its own guitar orchestra and over the past few years has premiered Stephen Kenyon’s Concerto for Guitar Soloist and Guitar Orchestra and Grant Bocking’s Spanish Suite for Guitar Orchestra, as well as playing recitals locally around Dorset.

At the Kingston Country Courtyard event the guitar society will perform a varied programme of ensemble and solo items, some of which will be Spanish in style.

Tickets also available at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham and at Kingston Country Courtyard.


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7:30 AM
May 25, 2024


10:00 PM
June 1, 2024


The Priory Church Of Lady St Mary
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