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  • Writer's pictureMoya Sweeney

"Bit of ciúnas for the musician" - Jordan Lively

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

First in the 'artist in focus' series, Co. Down guitarist Jordan Lively talks about his love of fingerstyle guitarists and Mexican cuisine. A winning combination if you ask me.

Name: Jordan Lively

Age: 20

Instrument: Guitar

Dream gig to perform: I think being able to perform alongside some of the great fingerstyle guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel or Clive Carroll would be cool.

What would you consider to be your greatest musical achievement?

Probably winning Young Guitarist of the Year at Belfast Guitar Festival in 2019, especially given I'd only been play 4 or 5 years at that point.

You're having dinner with three of your musical heroes (dead or alive), who are they? Most importantly, where do you take them?

I'd have to say Tony McManus (the man for celtic fingerstyle guitar), Chet Atkins (the man for all the other guitar stuff), and Eric Whitacre (been a big fan of his choral work for a long time). Can't go wrong with Guapo to be fair.

How would you describe your music in one word?


What are you listening to right now?

I was recently gifted Ciara McCrickard's album 'Maid on the Mourne Shore' and have been listening to it, alongside Mairi Rankin's "The Cabin Sessions" after it popped up on my Spotify recommended.

Be sure to follow Jordan on Facebook (Jordan Lively Musician) and subscribe to his YouTube channel for your dose of fingerstyle guitar greatness.

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