Guitarist & composer, self-taught & left-handed (switched to right-handed guitar aged 11; misshap to my right index finger!)
I don't read music, ears are better than paper...
...you always have them with you!
I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc... links at the bottom of the page, please swing by and say hi, there's plenty of music and video's to check out, and the occasional gig listing. Regards, Si
Si Hayden was born in Coventry, England. A self-taught musician who wrote & recorded his first solo instrumental 'Steel Happenings' in 1998 & has since followed with a further 50 albums, some of which praised by the likes of Guitarist Magazine describing him as an acoustic virtuoso. In total he has featured on over 100 albums including guitar compilations with Bumblefoot (Guns n Roses), Will Ackerman, Alex De Grassi, Dave Martone and Christoph Godin.
In 2008 he joined as guitarist for Joe O'Donnell of early 70's folk rock band East Of Eden and session violinist for the likes of Rory Gallagher to name but a few. Joe went on to write & record acclaimed 1977 album 'Goadhals Vision' that featured the master bluesman Rory and Jon Field among others.
Si is also a founder member of 91db who gathered rave live reviews appearing at festivals up and down the country & opening large venues for Scrubious Pip, Dan Le Sac, Dreadzone & Example. In 2010 91db released their first studio album 'Waiting' followed by 'Noble England' a five track EP with British comedian Rik Mayall featuring a re-mix by the band. In 2014 it shot up the charts following the stars tragic death scoring a number 1 on the official independent top 40.
In 2008 Si collaborated with award winning poet Jon Morley & drummer Ben Haines to write the music for jazz/poetry album 'Backra Men' that acquired praise by legendary performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The jazz trio then released 'Uncorked' which captured the trio on an improvised set at the prestigious 'Guinness Cork Jazz Festival' in Ireland.
Si has appeared on BBC1 television with Rob Halligan, alongside Gilad Atzmon
in the 'Atzmob', played live with Mobo award winner Soweto Kinch, traded solos with guitar masters John Etheridge & Clive Carroll, & has composed soundtracks for theatre, films & BBC radio4.
Since signing his first music contract in 2003 and subsequent licensing deals from early myspace music exposure, Si set up SilveryRecords. Last year the label celebrated its 60th release.
Four Seasons Reviews...
"Just Amazing!" (Melodies & Memories)
"Incredible! This boy can play; we are going to cook something together!" (Gilad Atzmon)
“We really like what you have done with the Four Seasons; it has been on repeat in the car for almost a month!” (Yamaha's Martin Adam/Guitar Product Marketing Manager)
"The Four Seasons of Vivaldi performed by a fingerstyle guitarist? We leave you with Si Hayden's masterful interpretation" (Alejandro Clavijo/Reviews New Age)
"Si Hayden's most complete work. Interpreting the all the emotions Vivaldi first heard with astonishing technique. Album of The Year." (Kris Connolly/Art Into Heart)
"Coventry-born virtuoso guitarist, Hayden has collected top reviews for nearly 30 albums. One recent project creating a stir is his impressive guitar-based reworking of Vivaldi's Four Seasons" (Pete Willow/CoventryTelegraph)
"This one's a little bit different from prolific guitarist Si Hayden, a solo guitar version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, there's no overdubs, nothing else, his own arrangement and apparently does not read music so has accomplished the whole thing by ear, pretty amazing! I hope you enjoyed that, I certainly did!" (Steve Passiouras/PBSFM/Australia)
“I think what 2014 has reinforced with me is just how fortunate Coventry and its surrounding area is to have so much impressive, yet varied, talent right here on our doorstep. March saw the arrival of Si Hayden’s interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on acoustic guitar. You may well be tempted to buy. If that is the case then just do it. Trust me, none of these album releases will disappoint.” (Pete Clemons/Coventry Telegraph)
"Si Hayden has taken on the monumental task of arranging the complete "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi for solo guitar; the first time this has ever been attempted. I approached my first listen with a measured degree of scepticism, but was treated to a lovely and unique take on these classic compositions. The works take on a fresh and charming new life when applied to the guitar, while still being satisfyingly true to the original melodies and harmonies. Occasionally Hayden employs various extended guitar techniques to achieve a desired effect, flirting with the limits of the instrument, and making for a particularly enjoyable listen for any guitarist. If you're already a fan of the original Vivaldi "Four Seasons," you will no doubt relish in this new and clever take on them." (© Timothy Smith/Minor7th)
"Coventry virtuoso challenges the world – and himself – to reading one of the most celebrated classical opuses with six strings only. For Si Hayden one acoustic guitar is a key to virtuosity, as he proved so many times before on records such as "Supercharger", yet tackling a piece as famous as Antonio Vivaldi’s quartet of violin concertos with no overdubs, for the first time on CD, feels like a feat – with no heroics attached. It’s a reverential interpretation faithful to the 18th century composer’s original, ...the guitarist adds a new layer to the classic without either embellishing or downgrading it, and it’s immensely interesting, up to intriguing, it’s not his boldness that impresses the most but the sheer beauty and wonder of the musical gauze being born, or rather reborn, before our very ears. A quiet triumph." ***** (Dmitry M Epstein/Let It Rock)