A globetrotting musician from Northamptonshire is drawing on his experiences in Afghanistan and North Korea for a series of gigs back on UK shores.
Flamenco guitarist Jason Carter, now 45, has recorded 18 albums and toured concert halls across the world.
Now the Nether Heyford man is joining forces with former Kajagoogoo bassist, Nick Beggs, and violinist Steve Bingham for a run of shows at Pizza Express, in Soho, London, from August 28–31.
He will also be telling stories during the shows of a life on the road, including concerts in North Korea, which received rapturous applause.
“It’s nice to think I’ll be playing in the heart of London again,” he said. “The stories are an integral part of the show now.”
Jason can currently be seen playing a double-headed harp guitar.
He started his musical career in London, before moving to Dubai, aged 24, to play in Hilton hotels there.
Shortly afterwards he flew to Bombay to record his first album. In 2008 he undertook work through the British Council to hold musical workshops in Kabul before being invited by the British ambassador to North Korea to play at the country’s annual musical festival, usually restricted to music celebrating communism.
“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “The people there had never seen anything like it. The guitar was banned there for a number of years.”