Guitarist for Shkayla and other devilish behavior.
Reviews from magazines, public figures and guitar manufacturers:
UK's Guitarist Magazine: "Coventry acoustic virtuoso Si Hayden has experimented in a variety of unconventional musical contexts - from live drum 'n' bass and jazz to Celtic and Spanish classical - than this solo-guitar instrumental outing lets on. All the songs were recorded on a resonator and. impressively, it was all done in just a single take. His technique shows the fingerprints of other musical forms, but for the most part, it's a mixture of blues and folk staples - with alternate picking, slide and percussive slaps evident throuout. Hayden wrings the most out the resonator's steely attack, offering up a bevy of harmonics and rhythmic possibilities along the way. Its no small feat to walk the line between accessible melody and fleet-fingered flash as expertly as this. "Standout track: Time Out For fans of: Tommy Emmanuel, Bert Jansch, Isaac Guillory"
Jazzwise Magazine: "Coventry-based guitar virtuoso Si Hayden played original compositions using a variety of techniques – fast fingered arpeggios, percussive slaps, flamenco strums, and with repeated use of the neck/fretboard showed he wasn’t afraid to take risks. A dazzlingly up-tempo version of Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ was particularly impressive.
Tony Skipper/Lord Mayor of Coventry: "A few years ago I bought Si's 20th album, remarkable! On calling on him for my inauguration celebration here at the Guildhall, I have since learnt he's on his 42nd! For me, he is the best musician in Coventry!"
Chris Davis/HSBC Coventry Jazz Festival: "Si's fantastic technique and style on the guitar always goes down a storm at the festival and it was great to welcome him back!
AFG Guitars: "There's a nocturnal quality to Hayden's live playing that adds a patina of mystery and charm to this recording!"
Gilad Atzmon: "Incredible! This boy can play; we are going to cook something together"
Armstrong Guitars UK: "Makes a guitar sound like a harp"