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Dariush Kanani album cover. Copyright. Image by Jim Harris ( Image by Jim Harris

Dariush Kanani is a talented guitarist and singer from North Leeds, who will be launching his first album, Mr Troubadour, in May.  Now 25, Dariush has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old.

At the age of 16, he developed his fingerpicking technique, citing Jimmy Page as his original influence.  This led him to listening to music by Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and John Martyn and also the late John Redbourn and Stefan Grossman, both of whom he has studied under.

Around the age of 20, whilst studying at Leeds College of Music, Dariush started to listen to singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer, and began experimenting with writing his own lyrics.

Dariush’s mother, who is passionate about the arts in all forms, supported and continues to support, his university study and subsequent vocational training, because she herself…

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