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I just uploaded a new video... 

New video out today, hope you dig it. (And if you do, please share.)
It's an instrumental tune called Stupid Blues, and it exists purely for the joy of playing.


Link: https://youtu.be/7BVUPmRiaXQ 

This is the 4th release from the Live In The Acoustic Asylum series. Buy the song + album (Pay What You Want) here: http://jongomm.com/music or from iTunes http://j.mp/iTunesGomm or Google Play http://j.mp/GooGom Amazon http://j.mp/AmzGomUSA

Guitar Tab only available here: http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs Transcribed by…Read more

I made a new album and a new video, and they're both out today... 

New video and album out today.
This song means a lot to me, so releasing it is terrifying, like a bird pushing her baby out of the nest and hoping it flies. Hope you like it. If you do, please tell somebody about it.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKdbLhuSAyg


Get the album Live In The Acoustic Asylum, out today, Pay What You Want, from http://jongomm.com/music (or from iTunes http://j.mp/iTunesGomm but it's twice the price and I get less money). Guitar Tab available from http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs 

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Canada Tour with Don Ross + one-off Leeds gig with Antoine Dufour  

I'm honoured to be touring Canada this month with Don Ross. Don is one of the few true über-gods of the contemporary acoustic guitar style, and is a massive influence on me and my generation of guitarists. He is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I've ever met. OK, now I'm embarassing myself, so I'll move on. Here's one of my favourite Don Ross tunes, and the tour dates below...
But before I leave, I have a special one-off gig with Quebecois guitar-genius Antoine Dufour, in Leeds, to launch my…Read more

Brand New Video 'The Weather Machine'... 

I have another brand new video for you, it's called The Weather Machine. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kph8r0Rh6M8 

Pleeeeease share it with your friends (if you like it), to help me get this music into as many ears as possible, and hopefully continue my lifelong mission of not getting a real job.  
 
The lyrics tell an allegorical tale mocking Western anti-terror propaganda. Musically it's a metal-heavy Arabic-influenced onslaught. It might offend the sensibilities of some of my acoustic… Read more

New video out today! Plus new album pre-order + tour dates... 

Hey! Wanna watch my new video?
Gloria is probably my most requested song at gigs, it's about my first girlfriend from when I was 16. This performance is 100% live and organic. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl1sbRi9tRs 
 


Please share it if you like it, it really matters. Most people only know about my music because of you sharing my videos with your friends.
 
Pay What You Want single and album pre-order available here: http://jongomm.com/music. Guitar Tab available here: http://jongomm.com/guitaRead more

Guest Mentor on Sky Arts Guitar Star 

Watch me on the actual TV tonight: I'm Guest Mentor for the semi-final of Guitar Star, on Sky Arts at 8pm (UK and Ireland).


It's a cool show about the craft of guitar playing, with no horrible X Factor stuff like tragic dead grandma back-stories or shady contracts for the winners. The other mentors are people like Tony Iommi, Nitin Sawhney and Paco Peña, so god knows why they asked me!

P.S. Thanks to my mum for ironing my shirt specially for the filming. Read more

I made nine new videos, first one drops next month. And I'm releasing the audio as an album. Brace everything. 

Announcement! Live In The Acoustic Asylum video series and album  
July 28th 2015 - first video and Pay What You Want* single, plus album pre-orders available
August 18th 2015 - second video and Pay What You Want* single
September 8th 2015 - third video and album release

Singles will be Pay What You Want, minimum £0.20 (that's about $0.30). The album will be £3.99 (about $6), but you can pay more if you want. Think of it this way: the minimum price covers the costs of making the video/album. Any more you… Read more

Rescheduled UK Dates... 

So you might know that I had a crazy year so far. I was out on tour in Germany, and after 2 gigs I had to rush home to look after my wife, who'd been taken into hospital. Driving home from Munich to Leeds (via a motorway motel and a ferry), abandoning a tour to see a sick loved one, was not a nice experience. 

Then the UK tour was immediately afterwards. We made the decision to go for it, and all was going well. Sadly, however, we had to use our day off to go back into hospital, and Natasha was told she…Read more

I made a new video. Plus news, tour dates... 

I have a NEW video!
This one's all about the fat groove, it's called Dance Of The Last Rhino.
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOofWEjNInc If you're into it, pleeeeeease share it with your friends. Without online sharing, I'd still be playing pretend gigs in my bedroom to my stuffed toys. 

Get the Guitar Tab at http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs

To try to entice some new fans to take the plunge and actually buy something, I've made the song available for a penny, only from http://jongomm.com/downloaRead more

Road memories #1 - African Township Adventure 

My story of diverting my South Africa tour into a township. See what happened....

While I was on tour in South Africa last year, we drove from the airport to our hotel in swanky downtown Cape Town. The drive takes you past some huge townships, which are basically slums - living conditions for most people are not great. People may have no running water, no electricity, no floor even; A large family lives in a one-room shack made of found materials with a dirt floor, and one chemical portable toilet to share… Read more

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  • GUITAR FACE. Do you have a guitar face? SHOW ME YOUR GURN.
    GUITAR FACE. Do you have a guitar face? SHOW ME YOUR GURN.
  • "Different guitar tunings are like background colours in a painting - it makes light things sound dark & dark things light." Read the rest of my interview with Ultimate Guitar at http://j.mp/GommUG
    "Different guitar tunings are like background colours in a painting - it makes light things sound dark & dark things light." Read the rest of my interview with Ultimate Guitar at http://j.mp/GommUG
  • I'm playing at Dresden String Spring Gitarrenfestival this weekend, alongside Thomas Fellow. Last time we were on the same bill, I had to send him a note on a napkin, via the venue staff. His reply. :)
    I'm playing at Dresden String Spring Gitarrenfestival this weekend, alongside Thomas Fellow. Last time we were on the same bill, I had to send him a note on a napkin, via the venue staff. His reply. :)
  • Dear people who say my music is all about guitar technique: 1) Close your eyes 2) Open your mind
    Dear people who say my music is all about guitar technique: 1) Close your eyes 2) Open your mind
  • I'm proud to be a part of the HANDS project by photographer Marc Mennigmann: "The story of music through the hands that make it." Visit his page at hands.mennigmann.com to see more of his beautiful work with subjects like Joe Satriani, Pat Martino, Steve Gadd and Abe Laboriel.
    I'm proud to be a part of the HANDS project by photographer Marc Mennigmann: "The story of music through the hands that make it." Visit his page at hands.mennigmann.com to see more of his beautiful work with subjects like Joe Satriani, Pat Martino, Steve Gadd and Abe Laboriel.
  • Emergency help! I think one of my videos is just starting to go a bit viral on facebook. If you feel like giving it a share, now would be a good time. Link in my bio. http://bit.ly/viralgomm ... This is the song where if you've seen me live, I'm often a broken shell of a man by the end of it, such is the gut-wrenching darkness it drags forth from my VERY SOUL. It's called Telepathy, it's about how depression twists the words you say, and the words you hear, making it impossible to communicate with the people you love. ... Thanks for listening.
    Emergency help! I think one of my videos is just starting to go a bit viral on facebook. If you feel like giving it a share, now would be a good time. Link in my bio. http://bit.ly/viralgomm ... This is the song where if you've seen me live, I'm often a broken shell of a man by the end of it, such is the gut-wrenching darkness it drags forth from my VERY SOUL. It's called Telepathy, it's about how depression twists the words you say, and the words you hear, making it impossible to communicate with the people you love. ... Thanks for listening.
  • "Guitar Heroes: Changing The World Without Weapons" created by Maxime Mirabel. ASSEMBLE!
    "Guitar Heroes: Changing The World Without Weapons" created by Maxime Mirabel. ASSEMBLE!
  • This is so perfect I can't believe it's an accident. It even contains "gomme". Incredible. My signature cocktail from now on. 
Cheers to Lewin Cantor for sharing this.
    This is so perfect I can't believe it's an accident. It even contains "gomme". Incredible. My signature cocktail from now on. Cheers to Lewin Cantor for sharing this.
  • Pushing boundaries is about trusting something you don't trust. Like leaning on a rickety fence. Don’t try this at home. (Do.)
    Pushing boundaries is about trusting something you don't trust. Like leaning on a rickety fence. Don’t try this at home. (Do.)
  • CUTENESS OVERLOAD. My niece Freya's school had a "dress as someone famous day", and among a class full of Katy Perrys and Cristiano Ronaldos there was one... me! Reprazentin the fam. 
The tattoo took 7 hours. (T-shirts available on my site. Freya got a 1% family discount, obvs.)
    CUTENESS OVERLOAD. My niece Freya's school had a "dress as someone famous day", and among a class full of Katy Perrys and Cristiano Ronaldos there was one... me! Reprazentin the fam. The tattoo took 7 hours. (T-shirts available on my site. Freya got a 1% family discount, obvs.)
  • Knackered. (That's British for 'quite tired'.) Good gigs are so much more tiring than bad ones: There's no point laying your soul bare to people who aren't paying attention. And Germany/Switzerland 2016 will go down as one of the best tours of my life. Such passionate and sensitive audiences every single night. 
Home now, and I won't be on the road much the rest of 2016 because 1) I have new songs to write/record, 2) I have some other guitar-shaped irons in the fire which I need time to work on, and 3) as I mentioned, I'm knackered and I haven't taken an actual proper break from the road since, erm, I was.... born? Feels like it! :D 
This means there'll be lots more music, videos and other very exciting news coming your way soon, so make sure you're subscribed to this account if you don't wanna miss it.
    Knackered. (That's British for 'quite tired'.) Good gigs are so much more tiring than bad ones: There's no point laying your soul bare to people who aren't paying attention. And Germany/Switzerland 2016 will go down as one of the best tours of my life. Such passionate and sensitive audiences every single night. Home now, and I won't be on the road much the rest of 2016 because 1) I have new songs to write/record, 2) I have some other guitar-shaped irons in the fire which I need time to work on, and 3) as I mentioned, I'm knackered and I haven't taken an actual proper break from the road since, erm, I was.... born? Feels like it! :D This means there'll be lots more music, videos and other very exciting news coming your way soon, so make sure you're subscribed to this account if you don't wanna miss it.
  • Today I just wanna thank anyone who has ever told another person about my music. 
Last time I toured Germany was right after I had a viral video, so I thought "this is the peak, it's all downhill from here!" (I don't mind that, I spent years playing little pubs and I loved it, and I fully expect to return.) Now 2½ years later, my audiences are twice the size. 
I can't really explain this, so it must be you! Thanks for caring enough to spread the word, it has genuinely changed my life. 
Thanks to the gorgeous people of Frankfurt (above) and Hamburg (below). Three gigs left: Hannover, Viersen + Kaiserslautern.
    Today I just wanna thank anyone who has ever told another person about my music. Last time I toured Germany was right after I had a viral video, so I thought "this is the peak, it's all downhill from here!" (I don't mind that, I spent years playing little pubs and I loved it, and I fully expect to return.) Now 2½ years later, my audiences are twice the size. I can't really explain this, so it must be you! Thanks for caring enough to spread the word, it has genuinely changed my life. Thanks to the gorgeous people of Frankfurt (above) and Hamburg (below). Three gigs left: Hannover, Viersen + Kaiserslautern.
  • 11 gigs down, 4 left in Germany: Hamburg, Hanover, Viersen & Kaiserslautern. 
Touring is pretty f***ing hard: 400km drives, a different bed every night, literally working from when you wake up until you go to sleep (if you can); tiredness, confusion and illness abound. But it's all totally worth it for the gigs. Sharing emotions with beautiful strangers every night. I think this is why I exist. //
Photo by Marc Mennigmann.
    11 gigs down, 4 left in Germany: Hamburg, Hanover, Viersen & Kaiserslautern. Touring is pretty f***ing hard: 400km drives, a different bed every night, literally working from when you wake up until you go to sleep (if you can); tiredness, confusion and illness abound. But it's all totally worth it for the gigs. Sharing emotions with beautiful strangers every night. I think this is why I exist. // Photo by Marc Mennigmann.
  • Touring with bipolar disorder, every night is an adventure. When I'm feeling "a bit mental", like last night, my darker, more intense songs become emotional endurance tests. I don't know what it's like for the audience to watch someone wrestling their demon onstage, but they sure seem to enjoy it. :D  As for me, well I'm used to it. Sometimes it's just who I am. 
If you have depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, tourettes, bipolar or any other mental health condition, don't suffer in silence. If people don't want to hear about it, that's their problem not yours. 
Anyway, the tour continues! Schweinfurt, Cologne (sold out), Hamburg, Hannover, Viersen (sold out) and Kaiserslautern. 
Photo from Aarau, Switzerland. (I'll post a photo of you guys in Frankfurt soon!)
    Touring with bipolar disorder, every night is an adventure. When I'm feeling "a bit mental", like last night, my darker, more intense songs become emotional endurance tests. I don't know what it's like for the audience to watch someone wrestling their demon onstage, but they sure seem to enjoy it. :D As for me, well I'm used to it. Sometimes it's just who I am. If you have depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, tourettes, bipolar or any other mental health condition, don't suffer in silence. If people don't want to hear about it, that's their problem not yours. Anyway, the tour continues! Schweinfurt, Cologne (sold out), Hamburg, Hannover, Viersen (sold out) and Kaiserslautern. Photo from Aarau, Switzerland. (I'll post a photo of you guys in Frankfurt soon!)
  • What a tour. Every night I walk out on stage and I can't believe how many people are there, filling the room that electric expectant hush. 7 gigs down, 8 to go: Aarau tonight then Frankfurt (sold out), Schweinfurt, Cologne (was sold out, but just released some extra tickets), Hamburg, Hannover, Viersen (sold out) and Kaiserslautern.

Awesome photo through the crowd by Paul Mockford.
    What a tour. Every night I walk out on stage and I can't believe how many people are there, filling the room that electric expectant hush. 7 gigs down, 8 to go: Aarau tonight then Frankfurt (sold out), Schweinfurt, Cologne (was sold out, but just released some extra tickets), Hamburg, Hannover, Viersen (sold out) and Kaiserslautern. Awesome photo through the crowd by Paul Mockford.
  • *Snarl*. It was weird to be back in Munich: This time last year I had to abandon my tour here, and drive home to England (which is far) because of a family emergency and the worst thing that ever happened in my life. 
So, a lot of difficult memories to deal with. Hence the snarl.  In the end it was a great gig, and everyone here made me feel welcome and wanted. Thanks! 'It's not how hard you can hit, it's how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward' - Rocky Balboa
    *Snarl*. It was weird to be back in Munich: This time last year I had to abandon my tour here, and drive home to England (which is far) because of a family emergency and the worst thing that ever happened in my life. So, a lot of difficult memories to deal with. Hence the snarl. In the end it was a great gig, and everyone here made me feel welcome and wanted. Thanks! 'It's not how hard you can hit, it's how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward' - Rocky Balboa
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