David Martucci in concert at the Bowraville Theatre

David Martucci
David Martucci

David Martucci labels himself ‘the accidental guitarist’.

The affable Scot was studying mathematics and computer science in Glasgow when he put paw to string and realised his affinity with music.

“By hook or by crook I was determined to make something of it,” he said. “But I never meant for it to turn into my career.”

“Regardless, it’s been an incredible journey so far.”

After attending some master classes, including one by Edinburgh’s most-esteemed guitar teacher, Ian Smith, he got his first break.

“Ian was due to play a concert and injured himself. When asked if he knew of anyone that would be fit to play in his place, he said ‘there’s only one person I’d trust’,” David said.

And the rest, is musical history.

David has now played all over the UK, Europe and – after falling in love with an Aussie lass – Australia, including for ABC radio and in NSW Parliament House, and has recorded music for an SBS documentary.

He also recently headlined a Brazilian guitar festival north of Sydney.

While he has studied under some of the best classical and Spanish guitarists in the world, including the inimitable Simon Dinnigan and José Tomás, he says he doesn’t like to be defined by genre.

“It’s very difficult to pigeonhole what I do. The idea of classical guitar just seems very dry and high-brow. I just love music and I play whatever excites me at the time,” he said. 

This Sunday at the Bowraville Theatre, David will pluck your heartstrings with an eclectic range of styles including classical, Spanish, jazz, blues, rag-time, Brazilian choro, samba, bossa nova, and also some of his own compositions.

The concert starts at 2pm and tickets are $20.