Name: Steve Kelly
Track entered: Tabatha
Current main guitar: Squier Esprit
Inspired to pick up the guitar by the dirty blues of ZZ Top, Steve - known as Stevie K to his mates – also counts blues maestros Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robben Ford as major influences. He also has major respect for the hard, funk-influenced rock playing of Tom Morello. Steve teaches guitar and keeps himself busy pursuing sessions, songwriting, producing and being in a band. He says that winning Guitarist of the Year would “mean a lot” and be a fantastic reward for his devotion to the instrument.
Random fact: He has been known to bake ginger biscuits in the small hours of the night.