Jethro Lynch is a young and promising addition to the acoustic guitar world, using a diverse musical background and a variety of techniques, tunings and timbres to create a unique soundscape. Having studied classical piano and heavy metal guitar for many years, it was the chance learning of one acoustic guitar instrumental that had him hooked by the instrument. John Butler’s ‘Ocean’ several years on remains a favourite of his, and it reflects a lot that Jethro aspires to. Jethro’s covers and originals are written in many alternate tunings, using two-hand tapping and utilising the percussive qualities of the instrument. Although these are all aspects to John Butler’s approach, Jethro is always striving to develop his already unique and original sound to his compositions.
Jethro was a finalist at Exeter’s Got Talent, and has played in a variety of pubs and bars around the Exeter area. He also played at the Eden Project’s ‘Bright Young Things’, and was consequently asked back to play at Eden Sessions.
On the evening Jethro will be joined by violinist and sister Alyssa Lynch, and cellist Sam Whitby. Together they offer an exciting and energetic programme of compositions and covers, looking to fuse genres as diverse as folk and tango, and will be performing both instrumental and vocal pieces.
Alyssa started playing the violin at the age of 8, with her passion in music leading her to York University where she has just completed her first year of studying music. In the years that preceded university Alyssa received violin lessons from Joyce Preston and, after completing her Grade 8 at the age of 13, studied under Tim Boulten. She has also been the leader of Penzance Youth String Orchestra and Cornwall Youth Orchestra, and now enjoys playing in many orchestras at York. In 2009 she lead the Penwith Quartet in a premier of ‘String’ (written by Graham Fitken) in the Wigmore Hall. She has also enjoyed great opportunities such as playing the Vivaldi solo of ‘Summer’ during PYSO’s tour of Sweden. Alyssa currently has ambitions of a musical career.
Sam, 16, has played ‘cello for 12 years, first taught by Kay Tucker in Sussex and later by Elizabeth Brazier in Truro. He is a member of the Cornish Youth Orchestra and Penzance Youth String Orchestra, and as of September he will undergo tuition with the South West Music School. Although his main instrument is ‘cello, with which he achieved Grade 8 in summer 2010, Sam also plays piano, guitar and a variety of other instruments. He currently enjoys playing in a number of busking projects, and is looking to continue music as a cellist or composer in the future. In the forthcoming academic year he is going to start his A-levels at Penwith College.