There are not many musicians who have played the guitar with a hammer or a laser gun...
but Ryan Kershaw is one of them!
Obsessed with rock music from a young age, the Cork based musician formed his own band at 12 years old. By the time he was 17 he had already recorded the psychedelic ‘Drowning In The Ice’ and played at a music festival broadcast around the world. The rest of his story reads like a movie, though it’s far from being fiction. A New Zealand karate champion in his teens, Ryan was asked to train under a Grand Master in Japan, but declined in order to focus on music – going on to become the first ever solo act to be a finalist in his countries Battle of the Bands competition and recording the classic NZ underground e.p ‘Little Green Dragon’. After losing it all to a mix of the Rock N Roll lifestyle and a highly creative brain uncomfortable in the spotlight, Ryan turned his life around and wrote the groundbreaking book 'Use Your Buzz To Play The Guitar.'
In New Zealand he worked hard to support independent acts that were getting ignored by the mainstream industry, and created the NZ Underground Festival - seeing bands go to radio and even top the Reverb Nation charts. He encouraged associations such as the Music Managers Forum to visit schools and brought heads of the music and education industries together in his unique live workshops.
Teaching guitar from an early age, Ryan's own students have gone on to record, tour internationally and even teach themselves.
Two new singles 'Inspiration' and 'Make It Go Away' are due for release in August 2017, showcasing Ryan's ability to mould emotions with the guitar...
"a superb musician and music educator"
- Bob Hewitt, GUITARIST magazine