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Usually when people ask me about music I listen to, they've never heard of any of the bands I talk about. With this in mind, I've decided to do a little series on my top influences.

First up is Tim McMillan. I first heard Tim after I'd been playing for a few years, and was starting to develop my own style. I saw him at a little pub in Newcastle, where he was standing on the drum kit, cursing his bass player for not shredding enough, and generally being obnoxious whilst playing amazingly fast and complicated acoustic pieces.

When I looked him up later, the contrast between what I'd seen and the gentle, beautiful recordings I found surprised me, but I have found inspiration in both sides of Tim's music, and I still learn something about playing guitar every time I see him play. Check him out:

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