I have known Kelvin for years and I have followed his career as one of the top professional guitarists on the island. His guitar music is captivating and he plays many different styles which he has developed over the years, making him one of the more unique guitar players that Tenerife has to offer on its door step.
Kelvin started his career working in bands and doing solo work as an instrumentalist. Although, after coming to Tenerife Kelvin soon realised that he would also need to put his vocal talents to use as well as playing Hank Marvin tributes. Including many other music styles that he had developed over the years, Kelvin uses his vast range of music knowledge to entertain his audience.
How long have you been playing the guitar?
Hi Chris, I have been playing guitar for quite a few years now, I started as a young lad of only 13 and was instantly hooked, so to answer your question I have been playing for 42 years
What made you start playing the guitar?
My oldest brother had a guitar although he couldn’t play it, like many people who buy or get given a guitar and soon lose interest when they realise it takes lots of practice to master. So when my brother went out I would sneak in to his bedroom and play.
How long did it take you to get to the stage where you could play before an Audience?
I first played in a band when I was fourteen and a half – 1973. It was a Country and Western band called Ricky and his Rain-Trees and that was the first time I performed Apache by The Shadows in front of a live audience.
How hard is it to get in front of an audience and perform your act?
I still get nervous every time I perform in front of an audience but still love it as much as I ever did. The day I loose my nerve will be the day I stop playing guitar in public but will continue to play for my own enjoyment.
Where is the best place you have performed?
At the Bull Dog Bash in front of 2000 people of which most were Hells Angel Bikers, a great night and one that I will never forget.
What made you decide to move to Tenerife and become a performer?
I think it’s like most people that move out to Tenerife, to change your lifestyle and slow down and to give me more time to enjoy with friends and family.
How does performing in Tenerife compare to performing in the UK?
It’s very different in Tenerife, people in the UK love the experience of seeing live bands but in the pubs and clubs they seem to be disappearing with the demise of the public houses and the bigger venues and named bands are on the increase.
Although in Tenerife, the entertainment in most bars and restaurants are acts which include tribute acts, karaoke, solo vocalists and comedians, it’s what the tourists expect to be entertained when they go out for the evening.
What advice would you give people who were thinking of moving to Tenerife to become a performer?
The most important thing is to know your stuff, what ever your talent you need to be good at what you do. Tenerife does need new talent as people like to see new acts especially the people that live here. Artists need to keep re-inventing their act and come up with different ideas and material to become more versatile and fresh.
Is there an agency in Tenerife where people can register to get work in the bars and clubs performing their act?
There are two choices really, either you find your own work or find an agency to find the work for you. If you search on the Internet for Tenerife Entertainer Agency there are a few to choose from it’s a good idea to sign up with an agency as it helps to be registered to work in Tenerife.
Would you ever consider moving back to the UK?
Not at the moment, my live in Tenerife has it all….
Where can people see you perform?
I play at The Waterfall every other week on a Sunday afternoon
…….Thank you Kelvin for your time and interview
The Waterfall is on Las Adelfas II on the route down through Golf Del Sur behind the Excellent Medical Centre in Tenerife. They open daily from 11 to 11 serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. They have numerous acts on every Thursday evening at 8:30pm and Sundays at 4:30.
Why not, see Kelvin for yourself at the Waterfall.