Martin Shaw 1937 - 2015
Inspired by his father Alfred Shaw, a professional guitarist, Martin took up guitar as a teenager having already learnt to play the cornet. At this time he was particularly interested in modern jazz, and began to frequent jazz clubs.
Following his national service with the RAF, he worked in a London Music Shop for a number of years before becoming a professional musician playing bass and guitar on cruise ships travelling around the Mediterranean and to New York. He also gained fame as the guitar performer of the Tales of the River Bank Giuliani theme tune. He then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music training to be a music teacher going on to teach music at Walworth School London.
In 1994 Martin founded the Greenwood Classical Guitar Society with the aim to encourage classical guitar ensemble playing and develop sight reading skills. He organised regular concerts hosted by the society for both established and up and coming guitarists.
In 2003 Martin was prominent in establishing the Federation of Guitar Societies at an inaugural meeting hosted by the Greenwood Classical Guitar Society (UK).